HIV and Hepatitis

Hepatitis B, C and HIV Infection

These diseases are caused by viruses that are a lot more common in certain populations an parts of the world. These viruses can be easily transmitted by a number of routes such as.

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  • Blood transfusion
  • Medical procedures with non-sterile equipment
  • Sharing of needles (e.g. tattooing, body piercing, acupuncture and drug abuse)
  • Unprotected sexual contact

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Remember not to let your guard down and put yourself in situations where viral transmission is possible.

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  • Only accept a blood transfusion when essential and life threatening.
  • If travelling to a developing country, take a sterile medical kit.
  • Avoid procedures e.g. ear or body piercing, tattooing and acupuncture.
  • Avoid casual sex, especially without using condoms.

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Remember Alcohol can put you in situations that you wouldn’t normally be in if you were sober.

For more information about Vaccinations against Hepatitis  please follow the following links.

http://www.mytravelclinic.co.uk/travel-vaccinations/hepatitis-a/

http://www.mytravelclinic.co.uk/travel-vaccinations/hepatitis-b/

Please note there is no vaccination that currently protects you against HIV and Hepatitis C.

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