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.
The medical information in JUST THE FACTS is based on the STIEF and NZ Sexual Health Society Guidelines for the management of STIs. The New Zealand Ministry of Health supports the use of these clinical guidelines, developed by clinical experts and professional associations to guide clinical care in New Zealand.