Hepatitis A is a virus that infects the liver. People with Hepatitis A vary in how sick they feel. The younger you are when you become infected, the less likely you are to feel sick. However, the majority of adults will feel unwell, lose their appetite, develop nausea and fatigue and may feel they have the flu. Many people develop jaundice, a yellow tinge in the whites of the eyes and skin. The urine may become very dark. Rarely, people develop an intense itch.

Hepatitis A is spread from person to person, or through food contaminated with faeces that contains the Hepatitis A virus. There are other hepatitis viruses such as Hepatitis B and C which are spread through sexual activity or through blood contact, such as sharing needles, or at birth. This is hardly ever the case with Hepatitis A.

Facts About Hepatitis A
Third Edition 2007


  • What is Hepatitis A?
  • How is Hepatitis A spread?
  • How do I know if I have Hepatitis A?
  • Who is infectious?
  • How is Hepatitis A treated?
  • Can I get chronic liver damage from Hepatitis A?
  • Can I be infected with Hepatitis A again?
  • Who is most at risk of infection?
  • What can I do to protect myself from Hepatitis A?


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