How is Hepatitis A diagnosed?

Antibody to Hepatitis A (anti-HAV) appears early in the course of illness. Detection of IgM anti-HAV is an excellent test for diagnosis of Acute Hepatitis A. Peak titers of IgM occur during the first week of clinical disease and usually disappear within 3-6 months. Titers of IgG peak after one month of the disease and may persist for years.

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Can it be cured?

No. There are no specific medicines to cure infection with Hepatitis A.

How is treated?

It can be treated by avoiding sexual contact and maintaining good hygienic conditions, using proper diet and visiting health care providers on time.

Recovery Time

Recovery from symptoms following infection may take several weeks and can even extend up to several months.

Can I have sex?

No. Sexual activity should be avoided until treatment is successful.

Can I get re-infected?

Yes. Re-infection is possible from sexual activity with an infected person.