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Are people with chronic liver disease at higher risk of acquiring hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection?

No. People with chronic liver disease are not at increased risk for acquiring HAV infection. However, they are at an increased risk for life-threatening, fulminant (severe and sudden) hepatitis if they become infected with hepatitis A. People considered to have chronic liver disease include those with hepatitis B or C infection, cirrhosis, fatty liver disease, alcoholic liver disease, and autoimmune hepatitis.

Last reviewed: June 25, 2023

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