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To­gether hep­ati­tis B and C rep­re­sent one of the ma­jor threats to global health. Hep­ati­tis B and C are both ‘silent’ viruses, and be­cause many peo­ple feel no symp­toms, you could be in­fected for years with­out know­ing it. If left un­treated, both the hep­ati­tis B and C viruses can lead to liver scar­ring (cir­rho­sis). If you have liver cir­rho­sis, you have a risk of life-threat­en­ing com­pli­ca­tions such as bleed­ing, as­cites (ac­cu­mu­la­tion of fluid in the ab­dom­i­nal cav­ity), coma, liver can­cer, liver fail­ure and death. In the case of chronic hep­ati­tis B, liver can­cer might even ap­pear be­fore you have de­vel­oped cir­rho­sis. In some cases, a di­ag­no­sis is made too late and the only op­tion is a liver trans­plant. If you think you have been at risk, it is im­por­tant that you get tested as soon as pos­si­ble and, if di­ag­nosed, con­sider your treat­ment op­tions and self-man­age­ment strate­gies. Pa­tients with hep­ati­tis B in­fec­tion can also be in­fected with a sec­ond virus known as hep­ati­tis delta virus, hep­ati­tis D virus or sim­ply HDV. You can find out more about hep­ati­tis D at hep­ati­tis-delta.org

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