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Hepatitis A, B, and C

for Veterans and the Public

Hepatitis A, B, and C

Your liver is an organ that processes almost everything you put into your body, including medications. The three most common types of viral hepatitis (A, B, and C) can damage your liver.

Some of the same behaviors that put people at risk for HIV (unprotected sex, injection drug use) can put them at risk for hepatitis.

If you have both HIV and hepatitis B or C, your treatments for either disease can be affected. If you have HIV, your hepatitis may progress faster. If your liver is damaged from hepatitis, it may be harder for your body to process your HIV medications.

What's more, some HIV treatments can damage your liver, so if you have hepatitis, your doctor may want you to avoid certain HIV medicines.

Vaccinations (shots) are available to prevent hepatitis A and hepatitis B. People should be vaccinated against hepatitis A if they have another chronic liver disease (such as hepatitis B or hepatitis C), if they are a man who has sex with men, if they use injection or non-injection drugs, or have certain other risk factors. All people with HIV should receive hepatitis B vaccination. For more information on hepatitis C, see HIV and hepatitis C coinfection.