What is Hepatitis?
Hepatitis A, B and C are viruses which cause inflammation of the liver.
Transmission occurs through getting infected faeces in your mouth.
Sexual activity such as anal fingering, fisting, arse play and rimming can lead to infection.
It can also be transmitted by using eating or drinking equipment that has been handled by someone with hepatitis A.
A vaccination for hepatitis A is available.
Transmission occurs through getting infected blood, semen, vaginal fluids or menstrual fluids into your blood stream.
Sexual activity such as unprotected vaginal or anal sex can lead to infection and there is also a low risk of transmission through oral sex (if there are ulcers or open sores in the mouth).
It can also be transmitted through sharing injecting equipment, toothbrushes, nail clippers or razors; or through the use of unsterile tattooing or body piercing equipment.
It’s also possible for Hepatitis B to be transmitted from mother to baby.
There is vaccination for hepatitis B (and if you have put yourself at risk you can receive vaccination within 72 hrs to prevent conversion).
Transmission of Hepatitis
Transmission occurs through getting infected blood into your blood stream.
Sexual transmission is unlikely; however, there is a potential transmission risk during rough, unprotected anal sex or fisting if blood is present. The presence of other STIs may increase this potential risk.
Transmission occurs through sharing injecting equipment, toothbrushes, nail clippers or razors; or through the use of unsterile tattooing or body piercing equipment.
Hepatitis C can also be transmitted from mother to baby.
Testing for Hepititis
Hepatitis is diagnosed with a blood test. It can take up to 3-6 months for the blood tests to be able to confirm infection and follow-up testing may be required.
For more information contact the Hep C Infoline on 1800 703 003