Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. It’s usually caused by viruses, but excess alcohol, drugs and some chemicals are other causes.
Uncommon in Britain, and most people recover in a few weeks. Vaccination is recommended if you are traveling to a country where Hepatitis A is common, if you inject drugs or your sexual activities include oral/faucal contact.
In the UK, one person in 1,000 carries the virus. Hepatitis B can be short-lasting (acute) or long-lasting (chronic). Some people may be ill for a few weeks and then recover completely, while others may never realise they have been infected. The virus can cause fatal liver damage, however. It is mainly transmitted through blood-to-blood contact, and through sex without a condom. It is more infectious than HIV. It can be treated, and there is a vaccine.
This is usually chronic. Many people have no symptoms, or symptoms can be vague. It is passed from blood to blood and through sex without a condom. Treatment is available.
If you are worried you should see a doctor or phone for an appointment at your nearest GUM (Genito-Urinary Medicine) Clinic. The nearest one to the University is at the Royal Preston Hospital, see local telephone helplines section.