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All About Hepatitis A: Get Educated before your Hepatitis A Test

by Marissa Lynch

Take charge of your sexual health with STDClinic’s discreet Hepatitis A test. Read on to learn more about Hepatitis A symptoms, testing, and treatment.

Hepatitis A Overview

Also referred to as HAV or Hepatovirus A, Hepatitis A is an acute inflammatory-disorder that affects liver tissues. It can turn chronic if untreated. Get tested at STDClinic.com to check it out today.

There are a few varieties of Hepatitis, including A, B, and C. Hepatitis A spreads through fecal matter, usually through sex or poor hygienic practices.

HAV is seen in about 12,000 people per year in the United States annually, and the infection rate dropped by 90% two decades ago. However, it’s still prevalent in underdeveloped areas with poor sanitation and unsafe drinking water.

The good news is that Hepatitis A infection is easily treated, and isn’t a chronic condition like Hepatitis B or C. Some people experience no symptoms at all.

Infected people usually won’t show symptoms until a few weeks after exposure. Some people might recover without showing any symptoms at all. When symptoms do appear, they usually disappear on their own.

The bad news is that Hepatitis A can result in dangerous internal damages in immunocompromised persons, and the virus can quickly grow in severity. Order your Hepatitis A screening here at STDClinic.com.

Once you’ve recovered from Hepatitis A, you won’t get it again! When you recover, your body creates antibodies to fight the disease in the future.

Getting Checked

Make checking for STI’s a routine part of your sexual self-care.

STIs, or Sexually Transmitted Infections, come from sharing sexual fluids with a partner carrying an infection. Condoms are incredibly effective tools against contracting STIs, but no method is infallible.

It’s important for you and your sexual partners to routinely check for STIs just to be safe.

When you check for STI’s, you’re making sure that you and your sexual partners’ health is taken into consideration. Some STI’s get worse over time, but most are treatable with the advice and care of your doctor. Regular STI checks will make sure you are in control of your own sexual health.

Symptoms

Over 80% of adults with Hepatitis A are asymptomatic. If you do have symptoms, they are likely to show up in the two to six weeks following exposure. Often, early symptoms include nausea and discomfort in the first few weeks

The CDC reports that up to 15% of infected people may suffer long-term symptoms for up to six months.

  • Fatigue, malaise, and mild fever
  • Yellowing of eyes and skin
  • Painful upper stomach
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Bumpy rashes or hives
  • Itchy feeling all over the skin
  • Persistent diarrhea
  • Amber-colored urine due to bile in it
  • Clay color of excreta
  • Joint pain
  • An intense feeling of itchiness all over the body

How do you contract Hepatitis A?

Hepatitis A can spread via sexual and non-sexual contact with the feces of an infected person. Both humans and mammals are natural hosts of this virus

Although rare, this infection can also develop from the overuse of prescription drugs.

When to Check

If you’ve been in intimate contact with someone diagnosed with Hepatitis A, you should get tested as soon as possible. STDClinic.com’s Hepatitis A test can help you get discreet results fast.

NOTE: If you suspect you may have an STI, it is highly recommended that you stop having sex until you’ve recieved medical advice. Doing so ensures you and any potential partners lessen the risk of spreading disease.

Preparation for Testing

The Hepatitis A test is a standard blood test, and doesn’t require any special preparation before testing

  • 1. Schedule

    Select and order your test online. You'll receive an order confirmation with all the information you need to take your blood test.

  • 2. Get Tested

    Go to the clinic nearest you and take your blood test. Be sure to bring the confirmation email with you to the clinic!

  • 3. Results

    Receive your results on STDClinic.com

Know Your Treatments

  • There are vaccines that can mitigate Hepatitis A before exposure, typically recommended before travel. There are also vaccines you can take after exposure. Speak to your doctor about the method of treatment that is best for you.
  • To learn more, speak to your doctor to get personalized information about your diagnosis. With your STDClinic.com test results, you’re one step closer to making informed decisions about your sexual health.
  • Be sure to retest one month after starting treatment to be sure you are free of the infection. You and your partner are recommended not to engage in sexual relations until you’ve finished your prescription.
  • Take control of your sexual health.
    Buy your Chlamydia test on STDClinic today.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an STD?

An STD, or sexually transmitted disease, is an infection that is primarily transmitted through sexual fluids during vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Sometimes, STDs are referred to as “venereal diseases.” Many STDs can be cured when they are properly diagnosed. Get tested for STDs at STDClinic.com.

How can I know if I have an STD?

Since some STDs are asymptomatic, the only way to really know if you have an STD is to get tested. Order your STD test online here.

How does STDClinic.com work?

STDClinic makes it easy to get discreet, fast STD blood and urine test results. First, select and purchase the test you want. Then, download your proof of purchase form- also called a “requisition form”- and bring it to the clinic. Take your test at the clinic nearest you. Afterwards, see your results online.

Is Hepatitis A contagious?

Hepatitis is a contagious virus that spreads through household and common contact, including through water and feces, with the affected person.

Is Hepatitis an STD?

There are different types of Hepatitis, and they can be spread in different ways. Because they can be contracted through sexual contact, Hepatitis can be considered an STD.
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Medically reviewed by Zion Ben Refael, MD on April 1st, 2021.

Resources

  1. Hepatitis A - CDC Fact Sheet https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hav/afaq.htm#overview
  2. Hepatitis A - https://www.cdc.gov/std/general/hepatitis.htm

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