Hepatitis A, sometimes called Hep A or HAV, is a viral infection that attacks the liver. The virus is spread by eating or drinking food and water that is contaminated with the faeces of an infected person. It’s more common in places with poor sanitation and hygiene conditions and a lack of clean water. But, it can also be passed on through unprotected sex and via sharing needles.
Hepatitis A is not usually serious and clears up on its own after 10 to 14 days. However, hepatitis A has many of the same symptoms as more serious types of hepatitis infections – such as hepatitis B or C – so it’s important to get tested.