Is hepatitis A contagious?
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.
Sources & Citations
3. NSW Government. Hepatitis A Fact Sheet. Available at: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Factsheets/hepatitis-a.pdf (accessed 16 November 2021).
4. World Health Organisation. Hepatitis A. Available at: https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/hepatitis-a (accessed 16 November 2021).
MAT-AU-2102452 Date of preparation December 2021Show All