New York City and its surrounding counties has seen an increase in non-travel associated cases of hepatitis A infection among men who have sex with men (MSM).
Read more to see the alerts from both the NYS Dept of Health and the NYC Dept of Health. Also, learn more about the symptoms and causes of hepatitis A.
A Message from the NYS Dept of Health:
We would like to alert you of the recent increase in non-travel associated cases of hepatitis A infection among men who have sex with men (MSM) in New York City and its surrounding counties in New York State. MSM have been and continue to be at increased risk for hepatitis A infection. In acknowledgement of this increased risk, since 1996 the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommend that all MSM receive the hepatitis A vaccine series in non-immunized individuals.
The New York State Department of Health would also like to highlight that the increased risk of hepatitis A infection also extends in MSM to increased risks for sexually transmitted diseases (STI) and HIV. Screening for STI and HIV would be appropriate as would evaluation for HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).
Click here to read the full alert from both departments of health.
Click here to learn more about the hepatitis A virus including its causes, symptoms and treatments.