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RESEARCH ARTICLE

Undiagnosed hepatitis B and C infection is rare in Sydney gay and bisexual men attending a community HIV testing site

John Lockwood A D , James Gray B and Christine Selvey C

A Sydney Sexual Health Centre, Nightingale Wing, Sydney Hospital, Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia.

B ACON, 414 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills, NSW 2010, Australia.

C Communicable Diseases Branch, NSW Health Protection, NSW Health, 73 Miller Street, North Sydney, NSW 2060, Australia.

D Corresponding author. Email: johntimothylockwood@gmail.com

Sexual Health - http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/SH16102
Submitted: 17 June 2016  Accepted: 3 December 2016   Published online: 6 February 2017

Abstract

This letter reports on an enhanced surveillance snapshot of hepatitis B and C at a men who have sex with men community testing site in inner Sydney. The finding show undiagnosed hepatitis B and C infection is rare in this population of gay and bisexual men. Evidence of immunity to hepatitis B through vaccination is high, however client knowledge of vaccination status is poor. Current targeted hepatitis screening practices were sufficient to detect all undiagnosed cases of hepatitis B and C in this population.


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