Quick Answer: How Easy Is It To Get Hepatitis A?

Can you get hepatitis A from being around someone who has it?

Hepatitis A can be spread from close, personal contact with an infected person, such as through certain types of sexual contact (like oral-anal sex), caring for someone who is ill, or using drugs with others.

Hepatitis A is very contagious, and people can even spread the virus before they feel sick..

Is Hep A curable?

There’s currently no cure for hepatitis A, but it normally gets better on its own within a couple of months. You can usually look after yourself at home. But it’s still a good idea to see your GP for a blood test if you think you could have hepatitis A, as more serious conditions can have similar symptoms.

Who is at risk for hepatitis A?

The risk of hepatitis A infection is associated with a lack of safe water, and poor sanitation and hygiene (such as dirty hands). In countries where the risk of infection from food or water is low, there are outbreaks among men who have sex with men (MSM) and persons who inject drugs (PWIDs).

How long is a person with Hepatitis A contagious to others?

You are most contagious soon after you are infected. Adults who are otherwise healthy are no longer contagious two weeks after the illness begins. Children and people with weak immune systems may be contagious for up to six months.

Is Hepatitis A STD?

Hepatitis A is a virus found in human faeces (poo). It’s normally passed on when a person eats or drinks contaminated food and water. It’s also a sexually transmitted infection (STI) passed on through unprotected sexual activities, particularly anal sex.

Where is Hepatitis A found?

Hepatitis A is found across the world, but some countries have higher incidences than others, in particular South America, Africa, Russia and Asia (see map).

Can you get Hep A from saliva?

Hepatitis A virus (HAV) is shed in feces but also in saliva.

What happens if you get hepatitis A?

Unlike other types of viral hepatitis, hepatitis A does not cause long-term liver damage, and it doesn’t become chronic. In rare cases, hepatitis A can cause a sudden loss of liver function, especially in older adults or people with chronic liver diseases.

Can I go to work if I have hepatitis A?

The amount of time it takes to feel better can vary from person to person; in general, a person with hepatitis A should not return to work or school until the fever and jaundice have resolved and the appetite has returned.

How will I know when I can no longer spread hepatitis A to others?

You are most contagious soon after you are infected and before symptoms appear. Adults who are otherwise healthy are no longer contagious 2 weeks after the illness begins. Children and people who have weak immune systems may be contagious for up to 6 months.

Where is Hepatitis A most common?

HAV infection is common in the less-developed nations of Africa, Asia, and Central and South America; the Middle East has a particularly high prevalence. Most patients in these regions are infected when they are young children.

What food is hepatitis A found in?

You can catch hepatitis A if: You eat or drink food or water that has been contaminated by stools (feces) containing the hepatitis A virus. Unpeeled and uncooked fruits and vegetables, shellfish, ice, and water are common sources of the disease.