An increase in the number of notifications of hepatitis A has been reported in New South Wales amongst men who have sex with men (MSM). It is suspected that these infections are associated with a recent outbreak overseas amongst MSM in Europe and the Americas.
Key prevention messages:
Vaccination is the most effective form of prevention against hepatitis A infection. To receive the vaccine, contact your health care provider to arrange an appointment.
Follow good personal hygiene practices, especially thorough hand washing and safe sexual practices.
People with hepatitis A are excluded from work for 7 days after the onset of jaundice (if present) or 2 weeks from the onset of illness.
A factsheet and 2 videos of different lengths have been developed.
Dr Alison Ward, Senior Consultant Sexual Health Physician, Head of Unit, STD Services, Clinic 275 (RAH), discusses the importance of vaccination against Hepatitis A for men who have sex with men (MSM) (3:08 Minutes)
Dr Alison Ward, Senior Consultant Sexual Health Physician, Head of Unit, STD Services, Clinic 275 (RAH), discusses the importance of vaccination against Hepatitis A for men who have sex with men (MSM) (47 seconds)
A clinical trial is now open for people who have been diagnosed with chronic Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) infection, who have not had treatment for this condition in the last 2 years. Other entry requirements apply.
The purpose of this research study is to assess the effectiveness and safety of a novel medicine for the treatment of patients with chronic Hepatitis B. Participating clinics include leading hospitals and medical centres.
If you live in South Australia, and are interested to participate, contact the Study Coordinators at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.