May 2, 1997
Dear Mr. Sowadsky, I recently read your response to the question concerning HIV transmission and rimming. You mentioned hepatitis A in your answer. I thought hepatitis B was the worry with that particular practice. I have been vaccinated for hepatitis B but I wish to know about the other strains--how they differ and if vaccines are available.
| Response from Mr. Sowadsky
Hi. Thank you for your question. You can find the answers to your question in the following posts:
How soon should I test for Hep B?/ Window Period for Hepatitis?
Booster immunization using different hepatitus B recombinent vaccine
Are gay men considered high risk for hepatitus B? How many years after the last hepatitus B and A boosters should gay men get another?
There are currently vaccines available only against Hepatitis A and B. Your Hepatitis B vaccine will not protect you against the other Hepatitis viruses. The exception is Hepatitis D (also known as Delta Hepatitis). If a person has Hepatitis D by itself, it is harmless. But if a person has both Hepatitis B and Hepatitis D, this is a deadly combination. Since you are protected against Hepatitis B, you would no longer be considered at risk for Hepatitis D infection.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to call the Centers for Disease Control at 1.800.232.4636 (Nationwide).
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