Hepatitis D is a virus (HDV) causes inflammation of the liver.
It infects people who have hepatitis B (HBV).
HDV is transmitted through contact with:
- HDV-infected blood
- Needles contaminated with HDV-infected blood
- Sexual contact with an HDV-infected person
Symptoms of HDV may occur within two to eight weeks of contact
with the virus. The symptoms of HDV infection are the same as the
symptoms of HBV infection and include:
- Mild flu-like symptoms
- Light-colored stools
- Dark-colored urine
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin)
Some people with HDV have no symptoms.
HDV is treated with interferon. Success varies from person to
People at risk for HDV infection include:
- Injection drug users
- Those who have anal, oral, or vaginal sex with a HDV-infected
HDV infection can be prevented by:
- Having a vaccine to prevent HBV infection
- Using a condom during sex
Centers for Disease Control and
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