Hepatitis A is Preventable by a Vaccine
What is it?
Hepatitis A is an infection that affects the liver and is spread by a virus in faeces (poo).
How do you catch Hepatitis A virus?
You can catch it when tiny amounts of infected faeces (poo) get into your mouth. People can spread Hepatitis A through food or through sex, especially:
- Anal and oral sex
- Rimming, fingering and fisting
- Handling a condom or sex toy used for anal sex
What are the symptoms of Hepatitis A infection?
The symptoms can appear up to 8 weeks after infection and include:
- Aches and pains
- Fever, nausea, sickness and diarrohea
- Jaundice (when the whites of the eyes or the skin go yellow)
A person is infectious two weeks before their symptoms appear until one week after symptoms
- If you think that you are at risk then please discuss vaccination when you next attend your sexual health clinic
- Use condoms or latex barriers for anal sex, rimming or fingering etc.
- Change condoms between anal and oral sex
- Wash hands after handling used condoms and sex toys
- Shower after sex.
- if you need vaccine for travel reasons then please go to your GP or travel clinic
If you develop symptoms of Hepatitis A, you should:
- See your GP (family doctor) or another health care provider for a blood test
- Not prepare food for others and avoid sex until you are no longer infectious
- Inform anyone you have recently had sex with, or other people you share a house with, to see their doctor about having an urgent hepatitis A vaccination.
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