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World Hepatitis Day: July 28, 2015


What is Hepatitis?
Unlike many other infections, Hepatitis can be transmitted from various surfaces such as razors, toothbrushes, spoons, straws, and so much more.

  • Hepatitis A
    o Transmission
     Spread mostly through eating food or drinking water that has been in contact with feces of an infected person
     Can also be spread by eating raw shellfish that was harvested from contaminated water
    o Prevention
     Vaccinations
     Treatment within weeks of exposure to Hepatitis A can provide short term immunity
     Reduce the risk of exposure by: practicing good hygiene and sanitation along with avoiding potentially contaminated water sources
    o Treatment
     Hepatitis A only causes acute Hepatitis, meaning the body is often able to clear the infection within a few weeks, but Hepatitis A infections can occasionally cause additional health problems.
  • Hepatitis B
    o Transmission
     Transmitted through contact with body fluids (blood, urine, semen, saliva, etc.) of an infected person
    o Prevention
     Vaccinations
     Using Condoms
     Avoid Sharing Needles, Toothbrushes, Razors, or Nail Clippers
     Avoid getting tattoos or body piercings from unlicensed facilities
    o Treatment
     Antiviral Medication such as Alpha Interferon and Peginterferon


  • Hepatitis C
    o The Hepatitis C virus can survive outside the body at room temperature on environmental surfaces, for at least 16 hours.
    o Transmission
     Blood-to-Blood Interaction (Sexual Practices and Childbirth)
    o Prevention
     No vaccine available
     Avoid Sharing Needles, Toothbrushes, Razors, or Nail Clippers
     Avoid getting tattoos or body piercings from unlicensed facilities
    o Treatment
     Antiviral Medication such as Pegylated Interferon and Ribavirin

How is Hepatitis impacting humanity?

  • • Worldwide 400 million people are living with Hepatitis B or C
    • 240 Million people are chronically infected with Hepatitis B
    • Every year 1.4 million people die from viral Hepatitis, yet all of these deaths could have been prevented
    • Around 780,000 people die each year from Hepatitis B, including 300,000 deaths each year from live cancer caused by Hepatitis B
    • With better awareness and understanding of how we can prevent Hepatitis, we can eradicate this disease and save 4,000 lives a day.
    • 1.2 Million injecting drug users have Hepatitis B.
    • Globally, 67% of people who inject drugs are infected with Hepatitis C. IN some countries it is as high as 97%.
  • How can we prevent Hepatitis?
    • Vaccinating children for Hepatitis B is incredibly important
    • Risk of becoming chronically infected is as high as 90% for infants infected during their first year
    • The Hepatitis B vaccine is three or four separate doses
    • Hepatitis B is vaccine preventable. The vaccine can help protect against liver cancer.
    • Always demand safe practice and sterile equipment- don’t risj getting needlessly exposed.
    • Prevent Hepatitis: It’s Up to You.

Do NOT Share:

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Who is primarily at risk?
• Prison Populations
• People who inject drugs
• Close Contacts of people with chronic Hepatitis B infection
• People with multiple sexual partners
• Healthcare Employees
• Travellers to High Risk Countries
• People who have had tattoos or piercings
• People who have undergone invasive healthcare procedures with inadequate safety practices
• Recipients of blood transfusions


amelia Featured Youth Blogger: Amelia, Bartow Youth Action Team


Love is….

Love is…..trust, friendship, open communication, fun. Love is NOT abuse! Here at Just Us Teens, we are celebrating Teen Dating Violence Prevention Month (longest name EVER!) this February! So what is Teen Dating Violence Prevention Month? It is the national effort to raise awareness about abuse in teen and 20-something relationships and promote programs that prevent it during the month of February.

Both the Floyd and Bartow Youth Action Teams are up to great things to raise awareness about TDV. In Floyd, the members have teamed up with our local Sexual Assault Center to do an “ORANGE OUT” day, along with a fun lunchroom photo booth complete with silly props! We will be asking the students at the Floyd County Schools to tell us and show us what “healthy dating” is! If you want in on the fun, tag us on Facebook and use #orange4love #FloydYAT.TDVgrouppicThe group!

TDVpropsProps for the photobooth (if you would like to make your own, get free templates here!)

In Bartow, our Youth Action Team is gearing up to make a humorous, but educational video to distribute via social media. Keep your eyes open for that gem coming your way SOON! 😉

For more information about Teen Dating Violence or February’s Orange4love campaign, check out Love is Respect! And since this campaign is all about opening up our eyes to the issues affecting 1 in 3 teens, I wanna leave you with some facts!

  • One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence.
  • Approximately 70% of college students say they have been sexually coerced.
  • Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence — almost triple the national average.
  • Violent behavior typically begins between the ages of 12 and 18.
  • Violent relationships in adolescence can have serious ramifications by putting the victims at higher risk for substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behavior and further domestic violence.
  • Being physically or sexually abused makes teen girls six times more likely to become pregnant and twice as likely to get a STI.
  • Half of youth who have been victims of both dating violence and rape attempt suicide, compared to 12.5% of non-abused girls and 5.4% of non-abused boys.
  • Eight states currently do not include dating relationships in their definition of domestic violence. As a result, young victims of dating abuse often cannot apply for restraining orders.
  • Only 33% of teens who were in a violent relationship ever told anyone about the abuse.
  • Eighty one percent of parents believe teen dating violence is not an issue or admit they don’t know if it’s an issue.

So get your facts, educate yourself, and let’s help make the lives of those around us that much safer! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!