HIV Positive People May Need Triple Dose of Hepatitis A Vaccine

Published: October 27, 2010

Studies have shown that men who have sex with men (MSM) are at increased risk for hepatitis A, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that HIV positive MSM should be screened for HAV and vaccinated if not previously infected.

Yu-Tzu Tseng from Taipei City Hospital and colleagues conducted a study to determine optimal hepatitis A vaccine dose schedules for HIV positive gay/bisexual men in the era of highly active antiretroviral therapy. People with seriously compromised immune systems — as indicated by a low CD4 cell count — may not be able to produce enough antibodies in response to a vaccine, but outcomes in HIV positive people with well-preserved immune function have not been well studied.

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