Hepatitis is any infection of the liver. Hepatitis A is usually transmitted by contaminated food, often due to food handlers that fail to wash their hands after a bowel movement. (gross eh?) Also the water in some countries could be contaminated with Hepatitis A. However, this form of hepatitis can also be passed during contact between the mouth and anus. Hepatitis C is commonly transferred by shared needles used for drugs or tattoos.
Hepatitis B is the most common form of hepatitis transferred by sexual contact. It's caused by the highly infectious hepatitis B virus (HBV). It is possible for the infection to subside after about 3 weeks and for the liver to return to normal functioning within a few months. However, make no mistake. Hepatitis B, is a serious illness. If left untreated, it can lead to other liver diseases such as cancer or even death. So if you suspect you have it, see a physician immediately.
Hepatitis B is most commonly transmitted through sexual contact. However it can be transmitted whenever one is exposed to contaminated body fluids, including semen, saliva, vaginal secretions and blood.
Even if they don't occur, the infection can still be passed to others. Symptoms may include...