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Hepatitis B Vaccination and Infection Prevalence Among Men Who Have Sex With Men Who Travel Internationally

Truong, Hong-Ha, M., PhD, MS, MPH*†; Fatch, Robin, MPH*; Do, Tri, D., MD, MPH*‡; McFarland, Willi, MD, PhD

Sexually Transmitted Diseases: May 2018 - Volume 45 - Issue 5 - p e25–e28
doi: 10.1097/OLQ.0000000000000743
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Among men who have sex with men traveling internationally, self-reported hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccination prevalence was 77% and less prevalent among older men and those with HBV infection. The HBV infection prevalence was 25% and was associated with older age and HIV infection. Testing for chronic infection, universal vaccination, and treatment for populations with multiple risks is needed.

Hepatitis B virus vaccination coverage is still not universal among men who have sex with men. Vigorous testing for hepatitis B virus infection, universal vaccination, and treatment for populations with multiple risks for infection is needed.

From the *University of California; †Gladstone Institutes; ‡Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center; and §Department of Public Health, San Francisco, 94102, USA

Funding: NIH R01 MH 080657 (PI: Hong-Ha M. Truong), NIH R01 MH 080657-03S1 (PI: Hong-Ha M. Truong).

Conflicts of Interest: None declared.

Correspondence: Hong-Ha M. Truong, PhD, MD, MPH, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, 3rd Flr, 550 16th St., San Francisco, CA 94158. E-mail: Hong-Ha.Truong@ucsf.edu.

Received for publication April 10, 2017, and accepted October 3, 2017.

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