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Who is at risk for hepatitis A?

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Who is at risk? - Hepatitis A for Patients

Anyone can get hepatitis A. In the United States, certain groups are at higher risk, such as people who:

  • Travel to or live in areas where hepatitis A is commonLink will take you outside the VA website.
  • Have been recently exposed to hepatitis A including during hepatitis A outbreaks, living with someone who has hepatitis A
  • Are men who have sex with men
  • Use drugs, whether injected or not
  • Have sexual contact with someone who has hepatitis A
  • People with occupational risk for exposure
  • Are unvaccinated family members or caregivers of a recent adoptee from countries where hepatitis A is common
  • Are experiencing homelessness

People at increased risk for complications if they became infected with hepatitis A:

  • People living with chronic liver disease, including:
    • chronic hepatitis B
    • chronic hepatitis C
    • non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
    • alcoholic liver disease
  • People awaiting liver transplant or post-liver transplant
  • People with HIV
  • People age 40 and older (more likely to be hospitalized)