In April 2010, my close friend’s dad needed a blood transfusion and I, as usual offered to donate. I have always had this desire to help when need arises. After all the screening, I was told that I have Hepatitis B and I knew nothing about it. Unfortunately, the guy who screened me at the Government Hospital seemed either to quick to tell me what it is or he was just rushing to the next client because frankly he offered me little information. I started looking for the right information and then did I realize how big the problem is if I didn’t take precautions. I visited a Medical specialist who explained to me how it works but I also realized that while it can be a dangerous problem; what was so important is how I handle it. I reluctantly had to give up my favourite Red wine and had to make some adjustments to my life. Today I can claim to know Hepatitis B because of the information that I found on the Hepatitis B Foundation and I say a Big Thank you to them because without it, I should have died with anxiety as there is no emphasis in our local hospitals about Hepatitis B or C because HIV Aids is the centre of all efforts and emphasis here. Nobody literally talks about it here. I am planning of inviting a journalist friend of mine so that he can do an article about Hepatitis on the world Hepatitis Day and I only Hope our efforts will pay dividends one day.
Please get screened for Hepatitis and know your status as it helps you live a health life there after.
I am living mine like a king now as I know what to avoid and more importantly what to feed my liver. Get screened and look after your liver
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