Hepatitis Virus Carriers

Hepatitis Virus CarriersHepatitis Virus Carriers

Around 1.5-2% (about 1.5 million people) of the country’s population at present are carriers of the hepatitis virus, without the symptoms being apparent.

“Anyone can be a carrier without having any apparent symptoms of hepatitis disease,” said Dr Masoud Mardani, infectious diseases expert and a board member of Tehran’s Shahid Beheshti University of Medical sciences, IRNA reported.

Stating that society shouldn’t shun people infected with hepatitis, he said such an attitude can discourage hepatitis-positive people from seeking care, support and treatment. “This makes them more risky to the community.”

There are several types of hepatitis viruses including A, B, C, D, E, and possibly G. Types A, B, and C are the most common. Vaccine is only available for hepatitis B, but many people still refuse to get vaccinated.

Sexual contact is not the only way for hepatitis spread. It can be transmitted even through the use of manicure files or other sharp objects.