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Who is most at risk for acquiring hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection?

People who are at increased risk for acquiring HAV infection include the following:

  • Travelers to countries that have high or intermediate endemicity of HAV infection
  • Men who have sex with men (MSM)
  • Users of injection and non-injection drugs (in other words, all who use illegal drugs)
  • People with occupational risk of exposure (those who work with HAV-infected non-human primates or researchers handling hepatitis A virus)
  • People who anticipate close contact with an international adoptee coming from a country with high or intermediate endemicity of HAV infection
  • People living with HIV infection
  • People experiencing homelessness, including temporary shelters and other unstable living arrangements
  • People living in group settings for those with developmental disabilities and other settings where hygiene is difficult to maintain
  • People who are incarcerated
Last reviewed: June 25, 2023

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