Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver. The virus is spread by the faecal-oral route, including contaminated food or water or direct contact with an infected person. Vaccination and good hygiene prevents infection.

There is no specific treatment for hepatitis A. Household contacts and sexual partners of an infectious person usually need an injection of hepatitis A vaccine or immunoglobulin.

A safe and effective vaccine is available against hepatitis A. The vaccine may take up to two weeks to provide protection.

How far back in time should you trace your previous partners? 50 days from onset of symptoms.

(Note: this is a general guide only, consult your doctor for any other considerations that are appropriate for your own particular circumstances.)

Further Information

NSW Health