New diagnoses for hepatitis A have been increasing significantly growing strongly in Berlin since 2016. The Robert Koch Institute now speaks of an outbreak among MSM (link in German). The liver infection, which is caused by a virus infection, can be easily prevented by a vaccination which is free for gays and men who have sex with men.
The Europe-wide increase in hepatitis A diagnoses was identified in the UK, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and Germany.
A is for Ass
Hepatitis A is transmitted by the faecal-oral route. So from the ass to the mouth when:
Anal sex, especially when giving a blow job after (eg. on sex parties)
Contact with used condoms or dildos
Shared containers of lubricant (in this case HEP B and HEP C are also potential dangers)
Special sex practices, such as scat (sex practices where faeces is the fetish)
Hepatitis A is also known in Germany as “travel hepatitis” as it can be transmitted in certain countries through contaminated water via ice cubes in cocktails or washed salad etc.
Hepatitis A is an inflammation of the liver. You can feel pretty bad for up to four weeks, and many patients have to be hospitalised.Persons with a weak immune system are even more susceptible to the infection.For HIV positive persons, a vaccination is especially recommended, since hepatitis places an additional burden on the liver.
The increase in new infections is a sign that there are so-called “vaccination gaps”. This means that not enough people are vaccinated and the disease spreads more and more quickly, if you do not take precautions.
Condoms are of no help here. The only effective protection is a vaccination that you can get free of charge. If you have a doctor, tell your doctor that you are at a higher risk. It is enough for example to say you have changing sexual partners. And here, it makes sense to be vaccinated against hepatitis A and B.Already two weeks after the first vaccine dose, for most people the protection is effective. For long-term protection, the vaccination must be refreshed after 6 to 12 months. As a rule, the vaccine lasts for up to 30 years.If you are not sure whether your vaccination is still effective, your doctor can test it.