At risk for hepatitis? Medicare can help with screenings, treatment

COMMENTARY /// Personal health


Did you know viral hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver, causes more than 1 million deaths per year worldwide? That’s about the same number of deaths caused by tuberculosis and HIV combined.

Hepatitis is contagious. The Hepatitis B virus (HBV) spreads through contact with the blood or other body fluids of an infected person. People can also get infected by coming in contact with a contaminated object, where the virus can live for up to seven days.

HBV can range from a mild illness lasti...

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