New diagnoses of hepatitis A have been increasing sharply in Berlin since 2016. The Robert Koch Institute speaks of an outbreak among MSM. The inflammation of the liver caused by a viral infection can easily be prevented by a vaccination that is free of charge for gays and men who have gay sex.
The increase in new diagnoses of hepatitis A has been seen across Europe in the UK, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and Germany.
Hepatitis A is transmitted fecally orally. So ass to mouth by:
anal sex, especially with subsequent blowjobs.
Contact with used condoms or dildos
jointly used sliding gel pots (there is also a risk of HEP B and HEP C)
specific sex practices, such as scat (sex practices where the fetish is faeces)
Hepatitis A is also known as “travel hepatitis”, which is transmitted when travelling to certain countries through contaminated water via ice cubes in long drinks or salad washed with it, etc.
Hepatitis A is an inflammation of the liver. It can make you feel really bad for up to four weeks, and many patients have to be treated in hospital.
People with a weak immune system are even more susceptible to the infection.
The vaccination is particularly recommended for HIV-positive persons, as hepatitis is an additional burden on the liver.
The increase in the number of new infections is a sign that there is a so-called “vaccination gap”. This means that too few people have been vaccinated and the disease will spread further and faster if you do nothing about it.
Condoms don’t help here. The only effective protection is a vaccination, which you can get for free. If you tell the doctor that you’re at increased risk. All you have to do is say that you have changing sexual partners. Here you are practically vaccinated against hepatitis A and B right away.
Already two weeks after the first vaccination dose the protection is effective for most people. For long-term protection, the vaccination must be refreshed after 6 to 12 months. The vaccination protection then usually lasts for 30 years.
If you are not sure whether your vaccination is still effective, you can have it checked by a doctor.
When to see a doctor
If you notice the unspecific signs of the disease, such as loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting or yellowing of the eyes and skin (which does not always occur!), see your doctor immediately. The doctor can at least treat the symptoms and thus prevent worse if necessary.
For more information, please go to www.iwwit.de/english-info