About hepatitis D

Hepatitis is an illness that inflames and damages your liver. It affects the liver’s ability to do its job, which includes making proteins and clearing the blood of unwanted impurities.

Hepatitis D is a rarer type of hepatitis in Australia. It only affects people infected with hepatitis B.

Disease type: 
Bloodborne
Vaccination available under NIP: 
No
Notifiable disease: 
Yes

Prevention, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

The hepatitis B vaccine can protect you against both hepatitis B and D. Treatment for hepatitis D focuses on managing symptoms.

For information about symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, see healthdirect's hepatitis page.

Vaccination

Find out more about getting vaccinated against hepatitis B (which can protect against hepatitis D).

Surveillance and reporting

Hepatitis D is a nationally notifiable disease.

We monitor cases through the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System.

For more on hepatitis D in Australia, you can search Communicable Diseases Intelligence

Last updated: 
14 June 2022