What Men Should Know

HEP 2 B QUEER?

Men who have sex with men are at a higher risk of being infected by Viral Hepatitis.  Here are some fast facts to help you steer clear of this virus:

  1. Hepatitis is a general term for inflammation of the liver and Hepatitis A, B, and C are viral and can be transmitted sexually
  1. Viral Hepatitis can be transmitted via blood and semen and by having unprotected oral or anal sex. You can get Hepatitis A by rimming someone who has it as it can be transmitted by ingesting minute traces of faeces
  1. Many people who are infected with Hepatitis do not show or suffer from any symptoms at all, and may not even know that they have it. A few people will display symptoms and can even suffer severe liver damage from the virus.  HIV-positive people are particularly vulnerable to Hepatitis
  1. Symptoms for Hepatitis, when they do show, include jaundice, which is a yellowing of the skin or eyes); fever, dark urine, grey coloured faeces, and abdominal pain. These symptoms indicate that your liver is in trouble
  1. The best defence against Hepatitis is to reduce the number of sexual partners you have and always to use condoms and water-based lubewhen you have sex.  Never share a needle with someone else if you inject drugs, and get tested the moment you suspect that you may have any of the symptoms