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1 Laying Down A Framework Hep 101

2 Today We Will Define hepatitis, viral hepatitis & the liver Learn about the 5 different types of viral hepatitis Learn more about hepatitis C: –The scope of the disease –Signs/symptoms –Risk factors and prevention

3 What Is Hepatitis? Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver –Hepat (liver) + itis (inflammation)= Hepatitis Viral hepatitis means there is a specific virus that is causing your liver to inflame (swell or become larger than normal)

4 The Liver Is located in the upper right quadrant of the abdomen Cleans the blood Regulates hormones Helps with blood clotting Produces bile Produces important proteins Maintains blood sugar levels And much, much, more The liver is essential for life !

5 Inflammation Walls of scar tissue begin to form Healthy liver cells become trapped by a wall of scar tissue

6 Viral Hepatitis 5 types: A : fecal-oral transmission B : sexual fluids & blood to blood C : blood to blood D : travels with B E : fecal–oral transmission Vaccine Preventable Adapted from Corneil, 2003

7 Hepatitis C Infection World million people Canada - 240,000 to 300,000 (0.8% to 1% of pop.) BC - 40,000 (1%) Vancouver - 11,350 (2%) DTES VIDUS Study - 1,437 90% hep C posititve WHO 2000, BC Hepatitis Service 2003, VIDUS 2003

8 Hepatitis C Affects each person differently No vaccine available Many people have the virus and do not even know it Approximately 1 out of 100 Canadians infected *BC Hepatitis Service 2003 Overall cure rate with new treatment is 55% *

9 Natural History of Hep C Adapted from Lauer and Walker, NEJM 2001 Healthy Liver Acute Infection Chronic Infection 20% Clear the Virus 80% Virus Continues to Damage Liver Only 20% will show symptoms Initially !

10 Natural History Con’t Chronic Hepatitis Cirrhosis 20-30% Liver Cancer 1-4%/year Most symptoms begin to show only when liver is more severely damaged

11 Factors Affecting Progression 30yrs or longer if: Young at time of infection Healthy liver at time of infection Female 20yrs or less if: Drinking alcohol Co-infection (HIV, Hep B) Damaged liver before infection Adapted from Bigham, BC Hepatitis Services 2002

12 Signs and Symptoms Individuals may have one or more of the following symptoms, while others experience no symptoms: –Tiredness –Nausea –Muscle or joint pain –Trouble sleeping –Loss of appetite –Weight loss –Abdominal pain –Itchiness –Depression –Dark urine (pee)

13 Signs and Symptoms A few may have specific liver related symptoms initially: –Pale stool (poo) –Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)

14 Risk Factors HCV-infected household member/sexual partner (7%) Tattooing piercing (6%) Hospitalization dental work (6%) Transfusion/dialysis blood contact (4%) Incarceration (3%) No RF identified (23%) IDU/snorting (51%) Source: Health Canada Enhanced Surveillance, Oct 98-Oct 99, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa

15 Hepatitis C Dispelling Myths Hepatitis C is not spread by: –Casual contact –Hugging/kissing –Sharing eating utensils and drinking glasses –Sneezing/coughing –Shaking hands –Sitting on a toilet seat

16 Prevention Never share drug equipment – Straws, bills, needles, syringes, water, filter, cooker, pipes etc… Never share tooth brushes/razors or any personal hygiene articles that have blood on them (even tiny amounts). Practice safer sex

17 Prevention Always make sure new & sterilized equipment is being used for tattooing & piercing –Make sure ink for tattooing is not being shared Do not touch dirty needles without proper equipment or following proper procedures

18 Dirty Needle Precautions 1.Handle only if you have proper equipment Sturdy pair of gloves, tongs or pliers and a puncture proof container (heavy plastic or metal) 2.Place needle in puncture proof container Do not touch needle with bare hands and do not try to recap needle if cap present 3.Can dispose container in garbage but better if it is taken to health clinic or needle exchange 4.At school, notify custodian, teacher, nurse or police liaison officer

19 Needle Prick 1.Do not “milk” prick site 2.Wash the area with soap and water 3.Go to nearest emergency department for assessment and treatment

20 Questions?


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