Hepatitis A

Common Name(s)

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a viral hepatitis that affects the liver and is caused by the hepatitis A virus, or HAV. The liver is an organ found on the right side of our belly (abdomen) under the rib cage. It cleans our blood of toxins, poisons, and bacteria. It produces bile which helps our body breakdown food. It stores vitamins, minerals and sugars. And it helps control cholesterol levels. Hepatitis A occurs when the hepatitis A virus causes the liver to swell and become inflamed, which stops it from working properly. Children infected with HAV usually have only mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. Symptoms in adults tend to be worse the older the adult is at the time of the infection. The good news is that 99% of people who become infected with HAV recover fully. Symptoms may include fatigue, nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, clay colored bowels movements, loss of appetite, low grade fever and jaundice (yellowing of the skin). Hepatitis A symptoms usually go away within 6 months. Sometimes symptoms may return for a short time, but hepatitis A does not become chronic.

Hepatitis A is spread primarily through person-to-person contact, including sexual intercourse, or from food or water contaminated by feces from an infected person. Basic precautions like washing hands with soap and water following bowel movements and before food preparation can reduce the incidence. Like hepatitis B, hepatitis A can be prevented through vaccinations. Vaccinations are recommended for children (beginning at 12 months old) and people at risk for exposure to HAV. Physicians can diagnose hepatitis A through a blood test. Treatment usually includes rest, eating small meals to help with nausea, and resting your liver by avoiding alcohol and certain medications. Talk with your doctor if you or a family member has been diagnosed with hepatitis. Support groups are also good resources of support and information.

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Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Hepatitis A" for support, advocacy or research.

Hepatitis Foundation International

Hepatitis Foundation International is dedicated to promoting wellness and healthy lifestyles for all individuals in order to reduce the incidence of preventable diseases that affect the liver’s health including: obesity, diabetes, fatty liver, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, and substance abuse. We inform, educate, and empower by making available reliable and up-to-date information.

Last Updated: 23 Feb 2015

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The STD Project

Established in April of 2012 during STD Awareness Month, The STD Project is a multi-award-winning independent website and progressive movement eradicating STD stigma by facilitating and encouraging awareness, education, and acceptance through story-telling and resource recommendations. We are taking steps toward modern-day sexual health and prevention by advocating for conscientious and informed decisions.

Last Updated: 11 Jul 2016

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Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Hepatitis A" for support, advocacy or research.

Hepatitis Foundation International

Hepatitis Foundation International is dedicated to promoting wellness and healthy lifestyles for all individuals in order to reduce the incidence of preventable diseases that affect the liver’s health including: obesity, diabetes, fatty liver, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, and substance abuse. We inform, educate, and empower by making available reliable and up-to-date information.

http://www.HepatitisFoundation.org

Last Updated: 23 Feb 2015

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The STD Project

Established in April of 2012 during STD Awareness Month, The STD Project is a multi-award-winning independent website and progressive movement eradicating STD stigma by facilitating and encouraging awareness, education, and acceptance through story-telling and resource recommendations. We are taking steps toward modern-day sexual health and prevention by advocating for conscientious and informed decisions.

http://www.thestdproject.com/

Last Updated: 11 Jul 2016

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The Hepatitis Delta International Network
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Hepatitis D

 

Last Updated: 26 Aug 2015

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Immune Cell Dysfunction in Severe Alcoholic Hepatitis
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Hepatitis

 

Last Updated: 5 Dec 2016

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