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20 Feb 2017

Hepatitis A Rising Among Gay Men in Hong Kong

Eleven new cases reported since September 2015.

Health officials in Hong Kong are concerned about the rise hepatitis A in men who have sex with men, and cite sexual transmission as behind the rise.

The Centre for Health Protection said 11 new cases have emerged since September 2015 and there were 24 people infected in the city. All of them have now recovered after treatment.

Of the 24, 20 of those are HIV positive.

Between 2006 and 2015, the city recorded zero to two cases of the viral infection per year.

“The latest situation suggests that, apart from spreading among HIV-positive men who have sex with men, the hepatitis A virus may have spread among [gay men] in the community by sexual transmission,” the centre’s spokesman said, according to the South China Morning Post.

Since Wednesday last week, free hepatitis A vaccinations have been given to gay men at public clinics in an attempt to reduce infections.

“Vaccinating susceptible individuals together with safer sex and strict personal hygiene are key to preventing hepatitis A via sexual transmission,” said the spokesperson.


Reader's Comments

1. 2017-02-20 20:31  
The British offer Hep A and Hep B vaccines to gay people as standard.
2. 2017-02-20 22:45  
every country should apply free Hepatitis vaccine for gays as preventive.
I still do not understand, what wrong with committee preventing HIV among gays? see in every country More and more gays infected.
I am very suspicious with performance organization preventing spreading HIV.
It need more people involve, all gays should be involved actively in organization.
I never heard, continual open recruitment for Gay actively in organization in Gay sites or venues.
Seem that Gay organization still very weak.
I only heard some gay offer help for HIV testing access.
..seem that every gay still compete for seat, this mentality should be changed

3. 2017-02-20 22:50  
When we will hear zero gay HIV poz or no more gay infected with HIV?
Please, find more and more people that capable to solve.. leave common method of recruitment
4. 2017-02-20 22:51  
for me, seem there is another disease on Gay building organization
5. 2017-02-21 11:41  
I agree Hep A and B should be free...
The cost for vaccination relatively high within developing countries.
6. 2017-02-21 14:45  
Normal for all students entering universities in USA
7. 2017-02-21 15:47  
Spread by the fecal oral route.

I'm sure there is no link to the types of "porn" freely available these days :(
Comment edited on 2017-02-21 15:48:18
8. 2017-02-22 16:08  
there is not tax and punishement for having children yet.
Carbon pollution, changing climate, decrease on resources because of flood population

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