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Is hepatitis A contagious?

Page last updated 14 December 2021

Yes.Hepatitis A is spread from person to person mainly via the faecal-oral route, which is associated with poor personal hygiene and lack of quality sanitation and water purification systems. 

You can be exposed to hepatitis A via:

  • Contact with contaminated food or drink, or utensils 
  • Close personal contact, such as sex, may also spread the virus

Hepatitis A can only infect humans. 


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Sources & Citations

3. NSW Government. Hepatitis A Fact Sheet. Available at: (accessed 16 November 2021).

4. World Health Organisation. Hepatitis A. Available at: (accessed 16 November 2021).


MAT-AU-2102452   Date of preparation December 2021