Meningococcal Outbreak Patient Fact Sheet
October 5, 2012
An outbreak of invasive meningococcal disease has recently been identified among HIV-infected men who have sex with men. The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene recommends meningococcal vaccination for the following persons:
Men who are HIV-infected and who have had intimate contact with another man met through a website, digital application ("app"), or at a bar or party since September 1, 2012.
If you think you may be at risk, please read the answers to some important questions below.
What is invasive meningococcal disease?
Invasive meningococcal disease is a serious infection that can cause a high fever, headache, stiff neck, and rash. Some people die from the infection. If you develop these symptoms, you should immediately seek medical care.
Does having HIV put me at greater risk of invasive meningococcal disease?
How is invasive meningococcal disease spread?
How can I protect myself?
If you are HIV-infected and need a health care provider, call 311 to find one.
If you do not know your current HIV status, get tested. NYC residents can receive a free HIV test at one of the Health Department's Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) or Tuberculosis (TB) clinics, regardless of insurance or immigration status. Call 311 to find a location near you.
Should I get vaccinated with the meningococcal vaccine?
I meet some, but not all, of the criteria. For example, I am a man, I have had sex with men that I met using an online dating site since September 1, 2012, but I am HIV negative. Do I need to get the vaccine?
Is this a live vaccine?
What are the risks and side effects of the vaccine?
How long does vaccine protection last?
If I was vaccinated in college, do I need to get the vaccine now?
Where can I find vaccine?
New York City Health Department Recommends Vaccination for HIV-Positive Men at High Risk of Meningitis
This article was provided by New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Visit the NYC Health website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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