Yellow July: month of intensified actions against viral hepatitis

The “Yellow July” campaign was instituted in Brazil in 2019, and seeks to promote awareness of the importance of prevention, diagnosis and treatment of viral hepatitis and strengthen surveillance and control actions.

For the month, the Municipal Health Department (Sesau), through the Service of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), organized a program that will intensify the actions of guidance, testing and vaccination against viral hepatitis.

On Saturdays and Sundays, testing and guidance actions are planned at Praça Ary Coelho, located in the center of the Capital. The “D-Day” of the campaign takes place on July 30th.

In addition, the service will visit the main hospitals in Campo Grande to reinforce the alert to all health professionals and talk about the main forms of prevention.

Schedule

Hospitals from 8 am to 4 pm

  • 04, 05, 06, 07: El Kadri
  • 08: University Hospital
  • 11, 12, 13, 14, 15: Hospital Regional
  • 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 Holy House
  • 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 Cancer Hospital

Ary Coelho Square, from 8 am to 4 pm

  • 09, 10, 16, 17, 24 e 31

Focus of actions: Alert health professionals and the population in general about the main forms of prevention of Viral Hepatitis, among them: condom use, vaccination, rapid tests and Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP);

Encourage the population about the need to perform the rapid test for early detection of the diagnosis Hepatitis B and C and other STIs;

Expand access to early treatment of new cases of people with Hepatitis B and C and other STIs.

What is Hepatitis?

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver, which can be caused by various viruses and bacteria, by the excessive use of substances, such as certain types of medication, drugs and alcoholic beverages or can arise as a result of autoimmune, metabolic or genetic diseases.

Viral hepatitis, the focus of the Yellow July campaign, is caused by viruses classified by the letters A, B, C, D (Delta) and E.

It is a silent disease, which does not always have symptoms, but the most common ones manifest in the form of fatigue, fever, malaise, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, yellow skin and eyes, dark urine and pale stools.

Streaming

Transmission is blood, and can occur during unprotected sexual practice; as a result of sharing syringes, needles, razor blades, nail pliers and other objects that pierce or cut; during pregnancy, from mother to child.

Vaccine

Vaccination against hepatitis A and B is carried out in the units, the vaccine for hepatitis A is applied to children up to 12 months of age. For hepatitis B, it is administered at birth and a three-dose vaccination schedule can also be performed at any age, including adolescents, adults, the elderly and pregnant women.

testing

Rapid testing for hepatitis B and C is available at the 72 basic and family health units (UBSs and USFS) and is the early way to diagnose the disease. To find out if there is a need to carry out tests that detect hepatitis, check if you have already been exposed to contagion situations.

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