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Is hepatitis A contagious?

Page last updated 05 November 2018

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

  1. The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition, 4.10 Hepatitis A. Available at (accessed 4 April 2018).
  2. Centers for Disease Control, Hepatitis A Questions and Answers for the Public. Available at (accessed 4 April 2018).
  3. NSW Government, Department of Health, Hepatitis A Fact Sheet. Available at (accessed 4 April 2018).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0142 - Date of preparation May 2018