What is Hepatitis A?

Hepatitis A is a viral infection affecting the liver. It can be spread by unprotected sex which involves oral to anal contact. You can also get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water and by not washing hands after the toilet or before touching food.

What are the symptoms of Hepatitis A?

Although there are often no symptoms, these can include yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes, dark urine, mild flu-like symptoms, abdominal pain and nausea.

How serious is Hepatitis A?

Hepatitis A can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months but doesn’t lead to long-term chronic illness or liver damage.

How do I get tested for Hepatitis A?

Hepatitis A can be confirmed by a blood test. Find a local clinic now.

What is the treatment for Hepatitis A?

Hepatitis A immunisation prevents infection. Partners should also be immunised for prevention. Talk to your GP or clinic about getting immunised.

A well balanced, low-fat diet should be eaten during recovery and alcohol and drugs should be avoided. Anal sex should also be avoided until you have recovered.

Other important information about Hepatitis A

For more information go to the Hepatitis Foundation of New Zealand.