Hepatitis Information

What is Viral Hepatitis?

Viral Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver caused by a virus. Several different viruses, named Hepatitis A, B, C, D and E viruses, cause Viral Hepatitis.

All of these viruses cause acute, or short-term, Viral Hepatitis. The Hepatitis B, C, and D viruses can also cause chronic hepatitis, in which the infection is prolonged, sometimes lifelong. Chronic hepatitis can lead to cirrhosis, liver failure, and liver cancer.

Symptoms include:

  • Jaundice, which causes yellowing of the skin and eye
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Low grade fever
  • Headache

However, some people do not have any symptoms.

If you have questions, please contact Adult Viral Hepatitis Staff.

Hepatitis A and B Vaccine

Learn about hepatitis A and B diseases and vaccines that can prevent them, how they spread, and symptoms.

Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention

The department works closely with local health, laboratories, prenatal care providers, birthing hospitals and more to prevent perinatal hepatitis B. Learn about our perinatal hepatitis B prevention program.

Links to hepatitis information

Learn about managing your medications at the American Liver Foundation.

Get disease information, statistics, research and more at the CDC Viral Hepatitis website.

Support for new diagnosis, treatment information, fact sheets and more are at Hepatitis B Advocate.

For education, support and advocacy on hepatitis issues, visit Hepatitis Education Project.

Detailed hepatitis B information is on the CDC webpage: Know Hepatitis B

The Hepatitis and Liver Clinic at Harborview specializes in the evaluation and treatment of patients with chronic hepatitis B and C infections and other chronic liver diseases.