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Vaccines

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine

This series of three shots is recommended for boys aged 11 or 12, before they have been exposed to HPV. If not vaccinated as a teen, all males through age 21 should get the HPV vaccine. All men who have sex with men and those with compromised immune systems (including HIV) should be vaccinated and can do so up to age 26. If you are between the ages of 22 and 26, talk to your provider about being vaccinated. Gardasil (the HPV vaccine for boys and young men) protects against the most common types of HPV that cause genital warts and some cancers of the anus and throat. For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/hpv/vaccine.html.

Hepatitis A Vaccine

This two-shot series is recommended for all unvaccinated teens. Teens who are missing the last dose should complete the series in order to be fully protected against hepatitis A. Unvaccinated men should get this vaccine series if they have sex with men, have a partner or live with someone who has hepatitis A, or if htey use illicit drugs.

The hepatitis A virus attacks the liver. There is no treatment for hepatitis A. While most people recover without permanent liver damage, they will probably feel very sick for a while. Not sure if you've been vaccinated? Routine vaccination began in 1999 so older teens and most adults have not veen vaccinated. For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/A/aFAQ.htm.

Hepatitis B Vaccine

This three-shot series is recommended for all unvaccinated teens. Teens who have started, but not finished, the series should get the remaining doses in order to be fully protected against the hepatitis B virus. All unvaccinated men should get this vaccine series if they have sex with men, have multiple partners, have a partner who has hepatitis B, have been diagnosed with HIV or another STI, have unprotected sex with a partner whose health status they do not know, share drug injection equipment (including needles or syringes), or have a partner who inject drugs.

If you were born in a country where hpeatiis B is common (Asia, Africa, the Pacific Islands, parts of South America) or were born in the United States to parents form a high prevalence country, talk to your provider about being vaccinated. You may be given the first dose and tested for the virus at the same time.

Hepatitis B is a virus that attacks the liver. It is spread through infected bodily fluids, including blood and semen. Infection can either be acute (short-term) or chronic (long-term). People with hepatitis B may not look or feel sick, but can still infect others. Vaccination is the best protection against hepatitis B. Not sure if you’ve been vaccinated? If you were born in 1991 or later, you were most likely vaccinated as an infant. Before 1991, the vaccine was only given to high-risk adults.

 

It's your body

You know your body better than anyone. Always tell your health care provider about any changes in your health. Speak to them about any concerns you may have about conditions, diseases, or issues related to sexual functioning or performance.