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While the effects of Covid-19 continue all over the World, Hepatitis viruses continue to spread during the epidemic as patients and carriers are afraid to go to the hospital. In this process, most people with chronic diseases such as hepatitis B and C, or those who are not aware of it, can have negative consequences if they disrupt their treatment. Gastroenterology Uz. Dr.  28 July World Hepatitis Day due to hepatitis virus and what to consider gave information about.

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver caused by various infectious viruses and non-infectious agents, leading to a number of health problems, some of which can be fatal. There are five main types of hepatitis virus called Types A, B, C, D and E. All of them cause liver disease; transmission routes, severity of the disease, geographical distribution vary. Especially B and C types lead to chronic disease in many people. Hepatitis B and C can cause death, especially cirrhosis of the liver, causing liver cancer. But due to the Coronavirus outbreak that has emerged in recent years and has ravaged the world, many people are disrupting their treatment for hepatitis or are afraid to go to the hospital for a diagnosis. However, after a while, when coronavirus ends, chronic liver diseases due to hepatitis will occur. For this reason, people should consult their doctors without hesitation.


Hepatitis, also called HBV, is transmitted if it comes into contact with the blood or body fluids of an infected person, just like HIV. But hepatitis is 50 to 100 times more contagious than HIV. Hepatitis C is the most common type of hepatitis.:

– Can be passed from mother to baby at birth

– Unsafe injections and transfusions

– Unprotected sexual contact

– Unsafe piercings, tattoo applications

There are some misunderstandings, especially about the Hepatitis B virus. Hepatitis B is not transmitted through sharing food containers, breastfeeding, hugging, shaking hands, coughing, sneezing, or outdoor pools.


Everyone, first of all, adults should definitely have hepatitis B and C tests, those who have a positive test result should consult a specialist doctor, if necessary, start treatment without wasting time. Early diagnosis and treatment prevent the development of cirrhosis and cancer. For this reason, it is important that people have hepatitis tests as soon as possible. Diagnostic tests of Viral hepatitis are successfully carried out in hospitals and laboratories in all corners of our country. These tests can also be requested from family doctors. This will ensure the early diagnosis and effective treatment of many patients. Hepatitis B and/or hepatitis A vaccination should be performed if Viral hepatitis tests are necessary in those who are negative. All chronic liver patients with hepatitis C, obesity, alcohol, drug-related and other causes, and hepatitis B and A Tests are negative, should be vaccinated against hepatitis B and A. Because more than one hepatitis virus (hepatitis B+D, B+C, or rarely B+C+D), or additional non-viral liver injury is more serious a problem in patients with chronic hepatitis with liver cirrhosis have a higher risk of cancer in Turkey.


In addition, those who are at risk for Hepatitis B should definitely have their screening done. Especially those who have hepatitis B virus in one of the spouses, those who carry this virus in their home, those who have unprotected sexual contact, AIDS patients, all health workers, blood bank staff should definitely have their blood checked.


If a person has hepatitis virus, that person should definitely consult a specialist doctor. After diagnosis of the virus, liver function tests should be performed. If hepatitis B has been detected, a different type of hepatitis should also be investigated. The level of HBV – DNA is measured to determine whether the HBV virus is multiplying, this is a very important finding for treatment. In addition, liver ultrasonography should be performed. A person should be informed about hepatitis by a specialist doctor and should be treated if necessary. Other individuals in these people’s families should also be screened.


There are protective, effective and reliable vaccines for hepatitis B. If a person does not have the Hepatitis B or A virus, they should definitely get the vaccine. In addition, treatment with strong antiviral-effective drugs is available for Hepatitis B patients. Hepatitis C treatment is one of the most successful stories in the history of Medicine. Permanent treatment (cure) that destroys the virus with oral medications is possible in almost every patient. In addition, the Social Security Agency provides these medications for free with a Turkish doctor’s report.


Currently, 1 million 100 thousand deaths worldwide are caused by liver diseases that develop due to Hepatitis B and C. A total of 9 million 400 thousand people are also being treated for chronic hepatitis C virus. According to studies, there are people in the world who die every 30 seconds due to problems caused by the hepatitis virus. It is estimated that there are 3 million people worldwide who carry the Hepatitis B and C virus. As the World Health Organization continues its work to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030, it has designated this year’s “World Hepatitis Day” theme as “hepatitis can’t wait”. In this context, it should not be expected for early diagnosis, it is very important that those who have not been vaccinated receive hepatitis B and Hepatitis A vaccines.


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President of Organ Transplant Center at MedicalPark Hospital Antalya

Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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