Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. Liver inflammation can have many causes. It can be caused by viruses and bacteria, but also by alcohol and drugs.
Here, we provide information about forms of hepatitis caused by viruses. As there are several types of hepatitis caused by viruses, they are labeled A, B, C, D and E. The consequences of an infection can vary widely. While hepatitis A heals of its own accord, hepatitis B and C can become chronic, that is, they become long-term or permanent illnesses. In the long run they can have serious consequences for your health, and may even be life-threatening.
For people with HIV, it's particularly important to know about hepatitis. A hepatitis infection puts extra stress on the liver, and the illness is often more severe in people whose immune system has been weakened. In addition, the HIV and hepatitis therapies must then be adjusted to work together.
You can be vaccinated against hepatitis A and B!