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Comparing hepatitis B, C and HIV for the workplace

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Hepatitis B 

(HBV, hep B) 

What is it? • A virus that causes inflammation  of the liver 

• Can progress to cirrhosis and  liver cancer 

• Chronic in approximately 5% of  adults and 90-95% of newborns  

– where there is no intervention  at birth 

Hepatitis C 

(HCV, hep C) 

• A virus that causes inflammation  of the liver 

• Can progress to cirrhosis and  liver cancer 

• Chronic for around 75% of  people 

HIV 

(Human Immunodeficiency Virus)

• A virus that attacks the immune  system 

• Can be managed with effectively  with treatment • A person on treatment can have  an ‘undetectable’ viral load,  meaning they cannot transmit  HIV


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