Hep A (Hepatitis A)

Hep A (Hepatitis A) is is a short lived viral infection of the liver.

At-Risk Populations

  • Someone who shares a bathroom or kitchen with someone infected with HAV.
  • Someone who lives or travels to areas where Hepatitis A is common.
  • Someone who has anal contact during sex with someone who is HAV infected.
  • Someone who works in or attends daycare or other places where people need diapers and/or help with toileting.

If you are at-risk for hepatitis A infection, contact your doctor. Early diagnosis will help prevent spreading the disease and protect your liver.


How It Spreads

  • Primarily passed by the fecal (human feces) -oral route, through person-to-person contact.
  • Passed by exposure to infected/contaminated food and water.


  • Get a preventive Hepatitis A vaccine series.
  • Wash hands after using the toilet or changing diapers.
  • Wash hands before preparing food.
  • Practice safer sex
  • Immune Globulin (IG) or vaccine may be recommended for household members and others in close contact with a person with Hepatitis A.


There is no specific treatment for Hepatitis A.

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