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Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a viral infection that can be spread by unprotected sex.  This page outlines the symptoms and treatment for hepatitis A.

What is it?

Hepatitis A is a viral infection that affects the liver.

How do you get it?

You can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water and by not washing hands after the toilet or before touching food.

Hepatitis A can be spread through unprotected sex (no condom) which involves oral to anal contact (rimming).

What are the symptoms?

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
  • nausea.

How is it treated?

Hepatitis A immunisation prevents infection. A well balanced low fat diet should be eaten during recovery and alcohol and drugs should be avoided. Anal sex should also be avoided until you have recovered.

Will this impact my partner/s?

Partners should be immunised for prevention. Anal sexual practices should be avoided until you have recovered.

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