Health warning for gay men over Hepatitis A risk ahead of Pride

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Public Health England has issued a warning to gay and bisexual men after an outbreak of hepatitis A asking them for some preventive measures which would help them to evade the risk, because among MSM (men having sex with men) the infection reached epidemic level. Doctors suggest that oral and anal sex can increase the risk of being infected. Those most at risk are MSM with multiple partners, while some cases are already noticed in Spain and other European countries as we previously reported. Cary James, Head of Health Improvement at Terrence Higgins Trust, said: “We’re concerned about the outbreak of hepatitis A, a virus which affects the liver.
“Gay and bisexual men are particularly affected so we would urge them to follow PHE’s advice around vaccination, be aware of the symptoms and follow the prevention advice.” Advice included washing hands and taking shower before and after sex, changing condoms in between of sexual contacts and to avoid sharing sex toys.

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