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Hepatitis

Contact

Hepatitis Program
Infectious Disease Investigation
Phone:
614.645.1475 opt 2.

Hepatitis C Linkage to Care Program
Phone:

614.645.CARE
(614.645.2273)

Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program
Phone:

614.645.7597

Alcohol and Drug Early Intervention Services (EIS)
Community based Hep C, HIV, and STI testing
Phone:

614.645.6843

 

Infectious Disease Reporting System (IDRS)

http://idrsinfo.org/
IDRS is a 24-hour reporting phone line for health care practitioners and laboratories only.  

Hepatitis A Information

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What Is Hepatitis A? 
Hepatitis A (HAV) is a virus that affects the liver. It causes an acute infection which means that symptoms start soon after exposure with an incubation period of 14-28 days. Unlike Hepatitis B and C, Hepatitis A does not cause long term, chronic infection.

What Are the Symptoms of Hepatitis A?
Symptoms of Hepatitis A include:

  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Fever, tiredness 
  • Dark yellow or brown urine 
  • Pale or white-colored stool (poop) 
  • Jaundice (Yellowing of the eyes or skin) 
  • Young children may have only a mild flu-like illness without jaundice, or may have no symptoms.

How Could I Get Infected With Hepatitis A?

Hepatitis A virus leaves the body in the stool (poop). The virus enters another person when hands, food, or objects contaminated with stool are put in the mouth.

  • Hepatitis A often spreads in daycares or households where people have close contact and share bathroom facilities.
  • Food can be contaminated with Hepatitis A virus 
  • Hepatitis A can be spread through sexual activity if hands or mouth come in contact with stool   (poop) or parts of the body contaminated with stool.

Who Should Get Tested for Hepatitis A?

Testing for Hepatitis A is recommended for people who are experiencing the signs and symptoms of Hepatitis A infection.  This testing can be done at a doctor’s office, emergency room, or hospital.

Is there a Vaccine for Hepatitis A?

Yes, there is a vaccine that can help prevent hepatitis A.

It is recommended for:

• All children at one and two years of age

• People with chronic liver disease, including chronic hepatitis B and C

• Men who have sex with men

• People who use drugs

• People experiencing homelessness

• Travelers to countries where hepatitis A is common


People who have been diagnosed with Hepatitis B or C are highly encouraged to get the Hepatitis A vaccine.

Can Hepatitis A  be Treated?

There is no specific treatment for Hepatitis A. Rest, a low fat diet, and plenty of fluids are recommended. Avoid drugs and alcohol, as these can further damage the liver.  Most people recover within 3 weeks. Hepatitis A infection is more severe with age and may require hospitalization in some cases.