Patient discussion about hepatitis A

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Q. Is there a vaccination against hepatitis?

I want to volunteer in a charity organization abroad soon, and I heard that currently there’s and outbreak of hepatitis in the town I intend to go to. Is there anything I can do to prevent me from getting hepatitis? Is there a way to get a vaccination against it?
A1before you would like to go on with any vaccination, you should check out this very long list of links:

http://www.aegis.ch/neu/links.html

at the bottom you will also find links in english. vaccinations in general are very disputable/dubious and it is probably time that we learn about it.
A2It depends on the specific type of hepatitis. If you meant viral hepatitis (e.g. HAV, HBV, HCV etc.), there is a vaccination against HAV and HBV. However, HCV is transmitted mainly through blood contact or sexual intercourse, so you can avoid it by using precautions (e.g. protected sex etc.)
A3In some places, children are immunized against HAV and HBV, so depends on your age and where you lived, you may already be immunized against them.

Q. Is hepatitis a sexually transmitted disease?

I mean hepatitis B and C mainly…
A1yes, hepatitis B is an STD, while hepatitis C is less likely caused by sexual transmitted disease.
hepatitis C usually transmitted through drugs usage and blood transfusion
A2Well, hepatitis B is definitely a sexually transmitted disease. No doubt about it. However- there is not enough data about hepatitis C. so it could be sexually transmitted, I wouldn’t take the chance. Sorry if I ruined your plans ?
A3hep b is sexually transmitted. hep c -there are good evedance that it is.

Q. can hepatitis be transferred from fathers sperm when concieving a child?

My partner has hepatitis C and he has gotten me pregnant will our baby have it too?
A1Here is taken from wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hepatitis_C#Transmission) :

Sexual transmission of HCV is considered to be rare. Studies show the risk of sexual transmission in heterosexual, monogamous relationships is extremely rare or even null. The CDC does not recommend the use of condoms between long-term monogamous discordant couples (where one partner is positive and the other is negative). However, because of the high prevalence of hepatitis C, this small risk may translate into a non-trivial number of cases transmitted by sexual routes. Vaginal penetrative sex is believed to have a lower risk of transmission than sexual practices that involve higher levels of trauma to anogenital mucosa.

Mother-to-child transmission of hepatitis C has been well described, but occurs relatively infrequently. Transmission occurs only among women who are HCV RNA positive at the time of delivery; the risk of transmission in this setting is approximately 6 out of 100. Among women w
A2Not that I every heard about. However, since your spouse has HCV, you may want to be tested since HCV may be transmitted from the mother to the newborn during delivery.

You may read more here:
www.nlm.nih.gov/MEDLINEPLUS/ency/article/000284.htm

Q. can the hepatitis b vaccination cause a soar throat?

A1yes it can be very probable!

before you would like to go on with any vaccination, you should check out this very long list of links:

http://www.aegis.ch/neu/links.html

at the bottom you will also find links in english. vaccinations in general are very disputable/dubious and it is probably time that we learn about it.
A2There are no reports of sore throat (pharyngitis) after HBV immunization. However, there are reports of low grade fever after this immunization. If you experience any significace events after receiving this vaccination, you should inform you doctor.

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