HPV & Hep B
Hep B Immunisation
Hepatitis B (Hep B) is a virus transmitted through blood, but you can safeguard yourself through immunization.
Getting screened for Hepatitis B is a routine part of a sexual health check.
The Hepatitis B vaccination involves three doses administered over approximately six months.
Your employer might require evidence of your immunity to Hepatitis B, which can be confirmed through a blood test showing the presence of antibodies against the virus.
Periodic booster shots may be necessary for some individuals to maintain their immunity.
HPV Immunisation and Treatment
There are more than 100 different strains of Human Papillomavirus (HPV), which can sometimes lead to the growth of warts on the skin and genitals. However, not everyone infected with HPV will develop warts.
In Australia, there is a school-based program offering vaccination against the most dangerous types of HPV for both girls and boys. If someone missed this program or was not offered the vaccine, it can still be administered later.
HPV exposure is common among sexually active individuals. Considering HPV vaccination is beneficial at any age, although its effectiveness may be limited after the age of 45 years.
Routine STI/STD checks do not include screening for HPV, but it now plays a key role in the new cervical screening program for women.
There is currently no systematic screening program for HPV-related issues in MSM (men who have sex with men), but it is strongly recommended that all MSM receive HPV vaccination.