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Indiana State Department of Health

Indiana State Department of Health

Viral Hepatitis Viral Hepatitis Program

The mission of this program is to educate the public about the risks of viral hepatitis and methods to reduce them. This will be accomplished by: 1) integrating hepatitis testing into services being accessed by high-risk individuals such as STD clinics, HIV counseling and testing sites, and substance abuse treatment centers; 2) providing hepatitis A and B vaccine to at-risk adult populations; 3) assisting communities in developing support groups for viral hepatitis and co-infected individuals; 4) developing referral systems that assist at-risk populations in accessing medical management and treatment; and 5) being a resource for all Indiana communities regarding issues surrounding viral hepatitis.


Hepatitis is a medical condition that means inflammation of the liver.


Cut-away of human torso showing the locations of the liver, gallbladder, large intestine, stomach, pancreas, and small intestine.

There can be many causes for hepatitis, but viruses are a significant source. Signs and symptoms of viral hepatitis include: fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, abdominal pain, dark urine, clay-colored bowel movements, and yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice). However, many people have no symptoms at all.

It is estimated that 1.25 million people are chronically infected with hepatitis B and 2.7 million are chronically infected with hepatitis C. To find out how the different hepatitis viruses are spread and what you can do to avoid getting them, click on the tab for each virus.