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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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liver

Hepatitis A is a virus that causes inflammation of the liver; however it does not lead to long-term liver disease.  It is an acute (short-term) infection and symptoms usually last for one to three weeks; some people, especially young children, may have no symptoms at all.  Once you have had hepatitis A and developed antibodies, you have a life-long immunity from re-infection to this virus (having the vaccination will also give you immunity).

Australian Snapshot

  • The number of reported cases has declined since the 1990’s
  • There are approximately 300-500 new cases of hepatitis A reported per year
  • The real number of cases is likely to be higher than reported, as up to 40% of people with hepatitis A have no identifiable risk factors for infection (i.e. they don’t look or feel ‘sick’) and therefore do not seek medical assistance

How do you get hep A?

  • From person to person by contaminated faeces (faecal-oral contact)
  • Through contaminated food and water
  • Through contaminated hand-to-mouth contact

For example…

  • The unwashed hands of a person with hepatitis A coming into contact with food
  • Oral/anal sex
  • Failure to wash your hands properly after handling nappies, used condoms, linen or soiled towels
  • Travel to developing countries (where there is a higher risk of exposure to hep A)

Symptoms

  • Aches and pains
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal pain
  • Yellowing of the eyes and skin
  • Light coloured faeces and dark urine

Prevention

  • Vaccination
  • Washing your hands with soap and water after going to the toilet; before eating or handling food; after handling soiled or used objects such as nappies and condoms
  • Seek advice on food and water risks and consider vaccination when travelling to developing countries
  • Immunoglobulin within two (2) weeks following exposure

Click here for more information

 

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Hepatitis A is a virus that causes inflammation of the liver; however it does not lead to long-term liver disease.  It is an acute (short-term) infection and symptoms usually last for one to three weeks; some people, especially young children, may have no symptoms at all.  Once you have had hepatitis A and developed antibodies, you have a life-long immunity from re-infection to this virus (having the vaccination will also give you immunity).

Australian Snapshot

  • The number of reported cases has declined since the 1990’s
  • There are approximately 300-500 new cases of hepatitis A reported per year
  • The real number of cases is likely to be higher than reported, as up to 40% of people with hepatitis A have no identifiable risk factors for infection (i.e. they don’t look or feel ‘sick’) and therefore do not seek medical assistance

How do you get hep A?

  • From person to person by contaminated faeces (faecal-oral contact)
  • Through contaminated food and water
  • Through contaminated hand-to-mouth contact

For example…

  • The unwashed hands of a person with hepatitis A coming into contact with food
  • Oral/anal sex
  • Failure to wash your hands properly after handling nappies, used condoms, linen or soiled towels
  • Travel to developing countries (where there is a higher risk of exposure to hep A)

Symptoms

  • Aches and pains
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal pain
  • Yellowing of the eyes and skin
  • Light coloured faeces and dark urine

Prevention

  • Vaccination
  • Washing your hands with soap and water after going to the toilet; before eating or handling food; after handling soiled or used objects such as nappies and condoms
  • Seek advice on food and water risks and consider vaccination when travelling to developing countries
  • Immunoglobulin within two (2) weeks following exposure

Click here for more information

 

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liver

Hepatitis A is a virus that causes inflammation of the liver; however it does not lead to long-term liver disease.  It is an acute (short-term) infection and symptoms usually last for one to three weeks; some people, especially young children, may have no symptoms at all.  Once you have had hepatitis A and developed antibodies, you have a life-long immunity from re-infection to this virus (having the vaccination will also give you immunity).

Australian Snapshot

  • The number of reported cases has declined since the 1990’s
  • There are approximately 300-500 new cases of hepatitis A reported per year
  • The real number of cases is likely to be higher than reported, as up to 40% of people with hepatitis A have no identifiable risk factors for infection (i.e. they don’t look or feel ‘sick’) and therefore do not seek medical assistance

How do you get hep A?

  • From person to person by contaminated faeces (faecal-oral contact)
  • Through contaminated food and water
  • Through contaminated hand-to-mouth contact

For example…

  • The unwashed hands of a person with hepatitis A coming into contact with food
  • Oral/anal sex
  • Failure to wash your hands properly after handling nappies, used condoms, linen or soiled towels
  • Travel to developing countries (where there is a higher risk of exposure to hep A)

Symptoms

  • Aches and pains
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal pain
  • Yellowing of the eyes and skin
  • Light coloured faeces and dark urine

Prevention

  • Vaccination
  • Washing your hands with soap and water after going to the toilet; before eating or handling food; after handling soiled or used objects such as nappies and condoms
  • Seek advice on food and water risks and consider vaccination when travelling to developing countries
  • Immunoglobulin within two (2) weeks following exposure

Click here for more information

 

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liver

Hepatitis A is a virus that causes inflammation of the liver; however it does not lead to long-term liver disease.  It is an acute (short-term) infection and symptoms usually last for one to three weeks; some people, especially young children, may have no symptoms at all.  Once you have had hepatitis A and developed antibodies, you have a life-long immunity from re-infection to this virus (having the vaccination will also give you immunity).

Australian Snapshot

  • The number of reported cases has declined since the 1990’s
  • There are approximately 300-500 new cases of hepatitis A reported per year
  • The real number of cases is likely to be higher than reported, as up to 40% of people with hepatitis A have no identifiable risk factors for infection (i.e. they don’t look or feel ‘sick’) and therefore do not seek medical assistance

How do you get hep A?

  • From person to person by contaminated faeces (faecal-oral contact)
  • Through contaminated food and water
  • Through contaminated hand-to-mouth contact

For example…

  • The unwashed hands of a person with hepatitis A coming into contact with food
  • Oral/anal sex
  • Failure to wash your hands properly after handling nappies, used condoms, linen or soiled towels
  • Travel to developing countries (where there is a higher risk of exposure to hep A)

Symptoms

  • Aches and pains
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal pain
  • Yellowing of the eyes and skin
  • Light coloured faeces and dark urine

Prevention

  • Vaccination
  • Washing your hands with soap and water after going to the toilet; before eating or handling food; after handling soiled or used objects such as nappies and condoms
  • Seek advice on food and water risks and consider vaccination when travelling to developing countries
  • Immunoglobulin within two (2) weeks following exposure

Click here for more information

 

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Hepatits A (HAV)


liver

Hepatitis A is a virus that causes inflammation of the liver; however it does not lead to long-term liver disease.  It is an acute (short-term) infection and symptoms usually last for one to three weeks; some people, especially young children, may have no symptoms at all.  Once you have had hepatitis A and developed antibodies, you have a life-long immunity from re-infection to this virus (having the vaccination will also give you immunity).

Australian Snapshot

  • The number of reported cases has declined since the 1990’s
  • There are approximately 300-500 new cases of hepatitis A reported per year
  • The real number of cases is likely to be higher than reported, as up to 40% of people with hepatitis A have no identifiable risk factors for infection (i.e. they don’t look or feel ‘sick’) and therefore do not seek medical assistance

How do you get hep A?

  • From person to person by contaminated faeces (faecal-oral contact)
  • Through contaminated food and water
  • Through contaminated hand-to-mouth contact

For example…

  • The unwashed hands of a person with hepatitis A coming into contact with food
  • Oral/anal sex
  • Failure to wash your hands properly after handling nappies, used condoms, linen or soiled towels
  • Travel to developing countries (where there is a higher risk of exposure to hep A)

Symptoms

  • Aches and pains
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal pain
  • Yellowing of the eyes and skin
  • Light coloured faeces and dark urine

Prevention

  • Vaccination
  • Washing your hands with soap and water after going to the toilet; before eating or handling food; after handling soiled or used objects such as nappies and condoms
  • Seek advice on food and water risks and consider vaccination when travelling to developing countries
  • Immunoglobulin within two (2) weeks following exposure

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