Vaccines are available against some sexual infections. STD vaccines includes HPV (Human papilloma virus) which causes cervical cancer, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis A which cause liver disease.
HPV vaccine is routinely given to girls at school in the UK and protects against cervical cancer and genital warts. Anyone can opt to have this vaccination and it is particularly recommended if you are not in a stable relationship. HPV vaccination is not licensed for men but there is a growing move to encourage men to have it as well as women, and it is particularly relevant in protecting gay men. Samedaydoctor can offer HPV vaccination to men and women at any age over 8 years old.
Hepatitis B vaccine (sometimes in combination with Hepatitis A). Hepatitis B vaccination can protect against catching Hepatitis B, which is most commonly transmitted by sexual intercourse, but can also be transmitted by needles, including body piercing and tattoos, and can pass from mother to baby at birth. As Hepatitis B is particularly prevalent in the far east and Africa anyone having sex in these parts of the world should consider vaccination. Some people chose to have vaccination even if they don’t have the risks above, and any one working with blood or needles, such as health care workers are routinely vaccinated
Hepatitis B transmission is also more common, and to a lesser extent Hepatitis A among gay men and so all gay are recommended to have Hepatitis A & B vaccination in combination.
Post exposure hepatitis B vaccination can be used after a potential exposure to hepatitis B through sexual contact or a needle injury. The first dose should be given as soon as possible after the risk has occured but may be beneficial up to 6 weeks after the risk.
To make an appointment for vaccination phone or book online or walk-in to one of the clinics with the walk-in symbol.
For more about the vaccines offered at samedaydoctor see the A-Z vaccines guide.