Influenza A maybe getting a lot of press but it may be a good idea to get tested for another virus according to a health expert. The incidence of viral hepatitis is higher worldwide than HIV or any cancer with an estimated 1 in 12 infected. Dr. Raymond Koff says in latest year fully researched, 2006, there were more than 2,400 cases reported in Wisconsin.
Koff warns that is the "tip of the iceberg," 75% of those infected may be unaware they have the virus because it does not show symptoms.
The blood borne disease can be transmitted through unprotected sex, sharing toothbrushes or procedures like tattoos and piercing. Even unsterilized salon equipment for manicures and pedicures can spread the blood borne disease. The hepatologist encourages those who like such pampering to "bring their own equipment" to salons.
As Koff encourages getting tested for hepatitis especially people who engage in those risky behaviors.
May 12 is World Hepatitis Day .