Hep A (Hepatitis)

Hep A (Hepatitis) 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.

Prevention

  • Get a preventive Hepatitis A & B vaccine series.
  • Wash hands after using the toilet or changing diapers.
  • Wash hands before preparing food.
  • Use gloves if touching blood or body fluids.
  • Practice safer sex

Treatment

If you think you have been exposed to Viral Hepatitis; Contact your primary care physician to get tested, Immune Globulin (IG) may be recommended for household members and others in close contact with a Hepatitis infected person..

If you are infected: Rest, Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages, Only take medications approved by your physician, Eat healthy food, Get regular check-ups, Cover your cuts or open sores, Practice safer sex.