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Gay men & Hep A & C
Jun 21, 2000

Are gay men considered high risk for hepatitus B? How many years after the last hepatitus B booster should

gay men get another? How many years after the last hepatitus A booster should gay men get another?

Are gay men at risk for Hep C?

Response from Dr. Dieterich

Yes, it is a sexually transmitted disease. The vaccine lasts at least 5-10 years. Mine lasted 10 before I needed a booster. I would recommend testing antibody levels every 5 years or so. We don't know yet about hepatitis A, but I would guess that 5 years or so would also be about right. Hepatitis C is a sexually transmitted disease slightly in heterosexuals, and I believe much more so in homosexuals. Safe sex should help! DTD



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