Hepatitis is a term used to describe inflammation of the liver. There are several types of hepatitis, including hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E. All types of hepatitis can cause liver damage, but they differ in how they are spread and treated. Hepatitis A and E are usually spread through contaminated food or water, while hepatitis B, C, and D are spread through blood-to-blood contact, such as sharing needles or having unprotected sex. Hepatitis B and C can become chronic and lead to serious complications such as liver failure or liver cancer. Vaccines are available for hepatitis A and B, but there is no vaccine for hepatitis C. Treatment for hepatitis depends on the type and severity of the infection, but may include antiviral medications or liver transplantation. It’s important to get tested if you think you may have been exposed to any type of hepatitis, as early detection and treatment can prevent long-term liver damage.