Chapter 12 – Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs)

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a viral infection which affects the liver. It is spread from person to person through the faecal-oral route. This can be from the ingestion of contaminated food or water but can also occur from oro-anal contact as part of sexual activity. Sexually transmitted outbreaks have been seen in MSM. The incubation period is approximately 28 days (range 15-50 days).

Full details of the clinical presentation of Hepatitis A (when symptomatic), as well as testing and treatment recommendations, can be found in Australian STI management guidelines, see section on hepatitis A.

 

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