Worldwide, over 400 million people are living with hepatitis B or C and over 1.2 million people die each year from hepatitis B or C-related liver diseases. These deaths could be prevented through increased education and understanding on how to prevent hepatitis. Learn more about the global campaign to eliminate the different types of hepatitis.
What is Viral Hepatitis?
“Hepatitis” means inflammation of the liver. The liver is a vital organ that processes nutrients, filters the blood, and fights infections. When the liver is inflamed or damaged, its function can be affected. Heavy alcohol use, toxins, some medications, and certain medical conditions can cause hepatitis. However, hepatitis is most often caused by a virus. In the United States, the most common types of viral hepatitis are Hepatitis A , Hepatitis B , and Hepatitis C .