As medical experts continue to stress the importance of utilizing protection while engaging in intercourse to maintain sexual health, not everyone is up to speed on sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and how they can negatively impact well-being. A new report released by the Economist Intelligence Unit now states that more needs to be done about educating individuals on the dangers of hepatitis C around the world, deeming it a "silent killer," according to PharmaTimes magazine.
The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 150 million people around the globe are living with the ailment, and about three-fourths of them will eventually suffer from chronic liver disease as a result. In the report, researchers note that a survey conducted by the European Liver Patients Association found that only about 20 percent of people diagnosed with hepatitis C had heard of it prior to being treated.
The experts behind the study aim to raise awareness of hepatitis B and C in order to reduce the number of cases found throughout the world. Today, vaccinations are available for these diseases and they can be kept from spreading through the use of sexual protection.
Hepatitis C and its risks
Some of the key symptoms of hepatitis C include abdominal pain, loss of appetite and fatigue. However, this disease does not always immediately show symptoms, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Blood tests can be conducted to diagnose the disease in those who have contracted it.
Once an individual has been diagnosed with hepatitis C, a combination of different medications may be used to treat it. Because the disease is contagious, patients must utilize sexual protection in order to prevent from spreading the condition to their partners. A condom is one effective preventative measure that individuals can use to practice safe sex with their mates.