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There are three major types of
We have provided information below on Hepatitis A. We have
also provided specific information on
Hepatitis B and
Hepatitis C. We encourage you to read about the differences between
all three types of Hepatitis since they are equally devastating.
What is hepatitis A?
What causes hepatitis A?
How could I get hepatitis A?
Who can get
What are the symptoms for hepatitis A?
hepatitis A treated?
How can I protect myself hepatitis A?
Where can I buy a
home test kit for hepatitis?
hepatitis A? (top)
Hepatitis A is a liver disease that makes
your liver swell and stops it from working right.
causes hepatitis A?
Hepatitis A is caused by a virus (the flu
is a type of virus). A virus is a germ that causes sickness. People can
pass viruses to each other. The virus that causes hepatitis A is called
the hepatitis A virus (HAV).
How could I get hepatitis A? (top)
Hepatitis A is spread by close personal
contact with someone else who has the infection. You could also
get hepatitis A by:
can get hepatitis A? (top)
Anyone can get hepatitis A. But
some people are more likely to than others:
people who live with someone who has
children who go to day care
people who work in a day care center
men who have sex with men
people who travel to other countries
where hepatitis A is common
What are the symptoms of
hepatitis A? (top)
Hepatitis A can make you feel like you
have the flu. Some symptoms include:
Some people don't have any symptoms. If
you have symptoms or think you might have hepatitis A, go to a doctor.
The doctor will test your blood.
How is hepatitis A treated? (top)
Most people who have hepatitis A get well
on their own after a few weeks. You may need to rest in bed for several
days or weeks, and you won't be able to drink alcohol until you are
well. The doctor may give you medicine for your symptoms
can I protect myself hepatitis A?
You can get the hepatitis A vaccine.
The hepatitis A vaccine is given through a shot. Children can get the
vaccine after they turn 2 years old. Children aged 2 to 18 will need
three shots. The shots are spread out over a year. Adults get two or
three shots over 6 to 12 months. You need all of the shots to be
protected. If you are traveling to other countries, make sure you get
all the shots before you go. If you miss a shot, call your doctor or
clinic right away to set up a new appointment.
Other ways to protect yourself and others
from hepatitis A:
Always wash your hands after using the
toilet and before fixing food or eating
Wear gloves if you have to touch other
people's stool. Wash your hands afterwards
Drink bottled water when you are in
another country. (And don't use ice cubes or wash fruits and vegetables
in tap water.)
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