Haliburton’s health unit is reminding us about the importance of preventing, being tested for and treating Hepatitis.

This comes as today is World Hepatitis Day.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit says many people spread the disease without knowing they have it.

Hepatitis B and C can be caused by sharing needles, pipes, unsterile body piercing and tattoo equipment, personal hygiene items, unprotected sex, and blood transfusions done before 1990.

The health unit says Hepatitis can lead to liver failure, cancer, and cirrhosis.

There is a vaccine for Hepatitis B.

While there is none for Hepatitis C, the strain is treatable and curable in most cases if detected early.