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Is hepatitis A contagious?

Page last updated 15 April 2020

Yes.Hepatitis A is spread from person to person mainly via the faecal-oral route, which is associated with poor personal hygiene and lack of quality sanitation and water purification systems. 

You can be exposed to hepatitis A via:

  • Contact with contaminated food or drink, or utensils 
  • Close personal contact, such as sex, may also spread the virus

Hepatitis A can only infect humans. 


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Sources & Citations

2. Australian Government, Department of Health. The Australian Immunisation Handbook. Hepatitis A. Available at: (accessed 3 March 2020).

3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Viral Hepatitis. Hepatitis A Questions and Answers for the Public. Available at: 3 March 2020).

5. World Health Organisation. Hepatitis A. Available at (accessed 3 March 2020).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0142b - Date of preparation April 2020