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Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is an infection of the liver caused by the Hepatitis A virus. The Hepatitis A virus is usually transmitted from faecal-oral contact route through person to person spread or contaminated food or drink.

Tests and treatment

Hepatitis A is diagnosed through specific blood tests. The incubation period (the time it takes from coming into contact with the virus to developing infection) is between 15-50 days, so tests may need to be repeated over a period of time.


A vaccination is available to protect against hepatitis A. This is available for people who have a higher risk of coming in to contact with the virus.

 You can visit your local sexual health service or GP if you are one of the following:

  • a man who have sex with men
  • a person who injects drugs or uses associated equipment such as snorting straws
  • You have recently had sex with a person from an area of high prevalence
  • You have recently had sex with someyou you know is Hepatitis A positive

You should visit your GP if you are one of the following:

  • a person diagnosed with chronic liver disease
  • a person whose work places them at risk, such as nurses, prison wardens, doctors, dentists and laboratory staff.
  • travelling or residing in areas of high prevalence

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