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Viral hepatitis (A, B & C)

Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver, and it can be caused by a virus or other non-viral causes.  The main difference between the viruses is how they are spread and the effects they have on your health.

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Prevention

There are safe and effective vaccines that protect you from getting hepatitis A and B.  While there is no vaccine for hep C, by being ‘blood aware’ you can reduce your overall chance of being exposed to the virus.

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Living with Hepatitis

People with chronic hepatitis can do a number of things to stay healthy including limiting/avoiding alcohol, reducing stress, not smoking, getting regular exercise and eating a healthy diet.

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Treatment

Effective treatment is available for both chronic hepatitis B and C.  Before you can see a liver specialist to talk about going on treatment, you need to get a referral from your GP first.

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Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver, and it can be caused by a virus or other non-viral causes.  The main difference between the viruses is how they are spread and the effects they have on your health.

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Approximately 570 million people worldwide are affected by hepatitis B or C – that is one in every 12 people.  While there are six different types of viral hepatitis (A, B, C, D, E and G) – in Australia, the most common types are A, B and C.

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a virus that causes inflammation of the liver; however it does not lead to long-term liver disease. Click on the link above for more information.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a virus that can cause damage to your liver.  Up to 165,000 people in Australia have chronic (long-term) hep B.  Hepatitis B is different to HIV/AIDS, or hepatitis A, C, D or E. Click on the link above for more information.

Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a blood borne virus; this means that for transmission to occur hepatitis C positive blood must directly enter the bloodstream of another person. Click on the link above for more information.

Hepatitis A, B and C: A comparison

Hepatitis Transmission Incubation Period* Chronic Infection Vaccine
Hepatitis A Faecal-oral
Contaminated food and water
Contaminated hand-to-mouth contact
2-7 weeks No Yes
Hepatitis B Sexual contact
Blood-to-blood
Mother with hepatitis B to her newborn baby
6-26 weeks Yes Yes
Hepatitis C Blood-to-blood
Mother with chronic hepatitis C to her newborn baby (low risk)
2-26 weeks Yes No

*Incubation period: from time of exposure until onset of virus

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Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver, and it can be caused by a virus or other non-viral causes.  The main difference between the viruses is how they are spread and the effects they have on your health.

Approximately 570 million people worldwide are affected by hepatitis B or C – that is one in every 12 people.  While there are six different types of viral hepatitis (A, B, C, D, E and G) – in Australia, the most common types are A, B and C.

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a virus that causes inflammation of the liver; however it does not lead to long-term liver disease. Click on the link above for more information.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a virus that can cause damage to your liver.  Up to 165,000 people in Australia have chronic (long-term) hep B.  Hepatitis B is different to HIV/AIDS, or hepatitis A, C, D or E. Click on the link above for more information.

Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a blood borne virus; this means that for transmission to occur hepatitis C positive blood must directly enter the bloodstream of another person. Click on the link above for more information.

Hepatitis A, B and C: A comparison

Hepatitis Transmission Incubation Period* Chronic Infection Vaccine
Hepatitis A Faecal-oral
Contaminated food and water
Contaminated hand-to-mouth contact
2-7 weeks No Yes
Hepatitis B Sexual contact
Blood-to-blood
Mother with hepatitis B to her newborn baby
6-26 weeks Yes Yes
Hepatitis C Blood-to-blood
Mother with chronic hepatitis C to her newborn baby (low risk)
2-26 weeks Yes No

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Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver, and it can be caused by a virus or other non-viral causes.  The main difference between the viruses is how they are spread and the effects they have on your health.

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Approximately 570 million people worldwide are affected by hepatitis B or C – that is one in every 12 people.  While there are six different types of viral hepatitis (A, B, C, D, E and G) – in Australia, the most common types are A, B and C.

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a virus that causes inflammation of the liver; however it does not lead to long-term liver disease. Click on the link above for more information.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a virus that can cause damage to your liver.  Up to 165,000 people in Australia have chronic (long-term) hep B.  Hepatitis B is different to HIV/AIDS, or hepatitis A, C, D or E. Click on the link above for more information.

Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a blood borne virus; this means that for transmission to occur hepatitis C positive blood must directly enter the bloodstream of another person. Click on the link above for more information.

Hepatitis A, B and C: A comparison

Hepatitis Transmission Incubation Period* Chronic Infection Vaccine
Hepatitis A Faecal-oral
Contaminated food and water
Contaminated hand-to-mouth contact
2-7 weeks No Yes
Hepatitis B Sexual contact
Blood-to-blood
Mother with hepatitis B to her newborn baby
6-26 weeks Yes Yes
Hepatitis C Blood-to-blood
Mother with chronic hepatitis C to her newborn baby (low risk)
2-26 weeks Yes No

*Incubation period: from time of exposure until onset of virus

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Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver, and it can be caused by a virus or other non-viral causes.  The main difference between the viruses is how they are spread and the effects they have on your health.

Approximately 570 million people worldwide are affected by hepatitis B or C – that is one in every 12 people.  While there are six different types of viral hepatitis (A, B, C, D, E and G) – in Australia, the most common types are A, B and C.

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a virus that causes inflammation of the liver; however it does not lead to long-term liver disease. Click on the link above for more information.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a virus that can cause damage to your liver.  Up to 165,000 people in Australia have chronic (long-term) hep B.  Hepatitis B is different to HIV/AIDS, or hepatitis A, C, D or E. Click on the link above for more information.

Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a blood borne virus; this means that for transmission to occur hepatitis C positive blood must directly enter the bloodstream of another person. Click on the link above for more information.

Hepatitis A, B and C: A comparison

Hepatitis Transmission Incubation Period* Chronic Infection Vaccine
Hepatitis A Faecal-oral
Contaminated food and water
Contaminated hand-to-mouth contact
2-7 weeks No Yes
Hepatitis B Sexual contact
Blood-to-blood
Mother with hepatitis B to her newborn baby
6-26 weeks Yes Yes
Hepatitis C Blood-to-blood
Mother with chronic hepatitis C to her newborn baby (low risk)
2-26 weeks Yes No

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Viral hepatitis (A, B & C)

Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver, and it can be caused by a virus or other non-viral causes.  The main difference between the viruses is how they are spread and the effects they have on your health.

Approximately 570 million people worldwide are affected by hepatitis B or C – that is one in every 12 people.  While there are six different types of viral hepatitis (A, B, C, D, E and G) – in Australia, the most common types are A, B and C.

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a virus that causes inflammation of the liver; however it does not lead to long-term liver disease. Click on the link above for more information.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a virus that can cause damage to your liver.  Up to 165,000 people in Australia have chronic (long-term) hep B.  Hepatitis B is different to HIV/AIDS, or hepatitis A, C, D or E. Click on the link above for more information.

Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a blood borne virus; this means that for transmission to occur hepatitis C positive blood must directly enter the bloodstream of another person. Click on the link above for more information.

Hepatitis A, B and C: A comparison

Hepatitis Transmission Incubation Period* Chronic Infection Vaccine
Hepatitis A Faecal-oral
Contaminated food and water
Contaminated hand-to-mouth contact
2-7 weeks No Yes
Hepatitis B Sexual contact
Blood-to-blood
Mother with hepatitis B to her newborn baby
6-26 weeks Yes Yes
Hepatitis C Blood-to-blood
Mother with chronic hepatitis C to her newborn baby (low risk)
2-26 weeks Yes No

*Incubation period: from time of exposure until onset of virus

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