Women can be infected with Hepatitis B caused by unsafe sex. Men run a fairly high risk of being infected with Hepatitis A.

A vaccination against Hepatitis B (and A) will prevent the Hepatitis virus.

Hepatitis B is a serious liver infection caused by the Hepatitis B virus. Hepatitis B is highly contagious and is a common disease in The Netherlands. It is caused by unsafe sex or blood contact with blood.

Women

The risk of infection with Hepatitis B is high when you are a sex worker and have many sexual partners. That is why vaccination is free with P&G292. If you are STI tested at P&G292 the nurse asks you about any Hepatitis B vaccinations you have had. If not, he or she will obtain a blood sample from you and will give the first vaccination. The blood sample will be used to test if you have come into contact with Hepatitis B before. If so, there will be no follow up vaccinations.

A series of three vaccinations are needed to ensure life-long protection against Hepatitis B. The second one is given a month after the first one, the third one after 6 months. After three vaccinations a life-long protection against Hepatitis B is ensured.

The vaccine is safe and effective. Side effects do not often occur. Some people have complained of irritation, stiffness or redness at the site of injection. These are common side effects.

Men

As a male sex worker who has sex with men you can get vaccinated against Hepatitis A and B. Men having sex with males run a fair risk of Hepatitis A. This is different from Hepatitis B in that you can get it from oral sex (ass licking). Hepatitis A can almost always be cured, but it can cause serious illness for a few months. A special vaccine exists which protects against both Hepatitis A and B (Twinrix®). This combined vaccine is a series of three vaccinations. The second one is given a month after the first one, the third one after 6 months. After three vaccinations a life-long protection against Hepatitis A and B is ensured.

This vaccine is free for male sex workers.

The vaccine is safe and effective. Side effects do not often occur. Some people have complained of irritation, stiffness or redness at the site of injection. These are common side effects.