The most common types of viral hepatitis infections are hepatitis A, B, and C. Hepatitis A is usually a short-term infection, but B and C can become chronic, lifelong infections. All three are preventable and treatable.
About five percent of Philadelphia residents have a past or current hepatitis A, B, or C infection. Many people are unaware of their infection.
The Viral Hepatitis Program works to prevent and address hepatitis B and C by:
- Measuring their incidence and prevalence in Philadelphia.
- Working with the medical community to improve reporting, clinical, and prevention activities.
- Promoting best practices for people who have hepatitis A, B, or C to get tested, linked to care, kept in care, treated, and cured.
- Coordinating case management to reduce and address transmission from mothers to babies.