Hepatitis D also goes by the name of delta virus. It is a ribonucleic acid virus affects those who already had been affected by Hepatitis B virus. Symptoms are the same as Hepatitis B virus. They are fatigue, mild fever, nausea, and vomiting. It is caused due to contaminated blood, needles used for drugs by others and unprotected sex. In the beginning, the symptoms are milder and in the longer periods, it becomes more severe which can even lead to liver cancer in some cases. Medications are not required for the milder infection of hepatitis D. However, treatment is needed for the chronic infection. The hepatologist will recommend the needed treatment after a thorough investigation through blood tests and screening of the liver. Regular check-ups with the doctor are advisable. Hepatitis D, in comparison to other forms of hepatitis viruses, is more likely to cause severe damage however it is very rare. Adults who are affected with hepatitis D virus infection should be vaccinated and get their household vaccinated as early as possible to avoid getting infected. The infected persons should avoid drug abuse, sharing needles with others and avoid unprotected sex as they can transmit the infection to others as well as acquire their very own hepatitis D. It is also a known fact that without the infection of Hepatitis B, it is not possible to be infected with Hepatitis D.
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