Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver. The condition is more common in developing countries where there is untreated water and poor sanitation. The virus may cause inflammation of the liver, and in rare cases it can potentially lead to acute liver failure. Although most people with Hepatitis A will go on to make a full and relatively speedy recovery. Once you have recovered from Hepatitis A, you should have lifelong immunity from the virus.
Did You Know:
Globally, there are an estimated 1.4 million cases of Hepatitis A every year. Read more.
How is Hepatitis A transmitted?
The virus is found in the faecal matter of people with Hepatitis A. So, it can be passed on through anal sex. Other likely modes of transmission include contaminated food and water.
How will I know if I have Hepatitis A?
Hepatitis A symptoms can include: fatigue, nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, unusual bowel movements, dark urine, joint or muscle pain, fever, intense itching, and even jaundice. Symptoms can be mild and clear up within a month. If you continue to have symptoms after this time, you should consult a doctor.
What tests are available for Hepatitis A?
Better2Know provides individual Hepatitis A testing and it is also included as part of the bespoke Hepatitis Screen. A single blood sample is required to detect up to three infections, and results are available within one working day of your sample’s arrival at our certified laboratory.
How is the infection treated?
Other than rest, many people do not require specific treatment for Hepatitis A. You can expect to make a full recovery in just a few weeks. Once the infection is cured, you should then have lifelong immunity from Hepatitis A. However, it is important that you continue to be monitored and, to avoid passing the virus on, it is advisable to avoid alcohol and maintain high standards of personal hygiene.
How can I book my test with Better2Know?
To book your Hepatitis A test with Better2Know today, or to find out more about our other tests, clinics and services throughout Asia, contact our experienced Patient Services team on the phone number above. You can also arrange your confidential appointment online by selecting the Book Now button at the top of the page.