Viral Hepatitis And Men Who Have Sex with Men

Men who have sex with men should be vaccinated against hepatitis A and hepatitis B and tested for hepatitis B.

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CDC and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommend hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccination for men who have sex with men. The hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccines can be given separately or as a combination vaccine using a recommended schedule. Adult vaccination rates are low and many men are at risk for hepatitis A and hepatitis B.

Hepatitis A

Since 1996, ACIP has recommended hepatitis A vaccination of men who have sex with men. Hepatitis A outbreaks among men who have sex with men have been reported frequently. Widespread outbreaks of hepatitis A are occurring across the U.S. and many are affecting gay and bisexual men.

Hepatitis B

ACIP and CDC recommend routine hepatitis B vaccination for men who have sex with men and CDC recommends testing for chronic hepatitis B for men who have sex with men.  Prevaccination testing is recommended for men who have sex with men.  Prevaccination testing consists of testing for HBsAg, anti-HBs, and anti-HBc. Serologic testing should not be a barrier to vaccination of susceptible persons, especially in populations that are difficult to access. Testing is not a requirement for vaccination, and in settings where testing is not feasible, vaccination should continue. The first dose of HepB vaccine should typically be administered immediately after collection of the blood for serologic testing.

Hepatitis C

Testing for hepatitis C is not recommended for men who have sex with men unless they were born from 1945 through 1965, have HIV, or are engaging in risky behaviors.

Resources for Gay & Bisexual Men

Posters

Download these posters and localize with information on hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccination services offered by your organization.

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Poster available in two sizes

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Poster available in two sizes

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Poster available in two sizes

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Poster available in two sizes

24 x 36pdf icon

Digital Tools

Download and share via websites, email signatures, social media, dating apps, and other forms of digital advertising.

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Ad JPG images, available in four sizes

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1. 300 x 250image icon
2. 728 x 90image icon
3. 970 x 250image icon
4. 320 x 480image icon – Best size suited for dating application interstitial ads

Hepatitis A Outbreak Resources

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Factsheet for gay and bisexual men

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Poster for men who have sex with men (MSM) encouraging hepatitis A vaccination

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Poster for men who have sex with men (MSM) encouraging hepatitis A vaccination

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Poster for men who have sex with men (MSM) encouraging hepatitis A vaccination

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