Viral hepatitis B and C are major public health and medical concerns. These infections can cause liver damage, including cirrhosis, liver cancer, and liver failure. Most infected individuals are asymptomatic and do not know of their condition. Antiviral therapy is available, and it is safe, effective and tolerable. This talk will cover the epidemiology, screening, diagnosis, and management of infected individuals. You will also learn about the goals of treatment, which differ between patients infected with hepatitis B and C.
- Examine data on the prevalence and transmission of the hepatitis B (HBV) and C virus (HCV)
- Describe the damaging effects of HBV and HCV
- Recognize the need for screening, diagnosis, and treatment of HBV and HCV