STI Clinic Dublin- Hepatitis B vaccination
22, January 2015

Often I get asked about vaccinations to prevent STI’s.  The most common vaccine that we use at Himerus health’s hepatitis B vaccine.  This infectious disease can be passed on through the blood of an infected person or as an STI by having sex with an infected person.  Hepatitis B can lead to chronic liver disease, cirrhosis, liver cancer and death.  It is much more infectious than HIV and is totally preventable.  The vaccine is easy to get and has minimal side effects.  Most people enjoy long term protection with a course of 3 vaccines spread over 6mths, (0, 1mth and 6 mths).  Below is a list of people who the CDC recommends should get hepatitis B vaccinated.  If you fall into any of these categories ask about getting your vaccine today.


You should get the hepatitis B vaccine if:

  • You have sex with or live in the same house as a person with hepatitis B virus infection.
  • You have sex with more than one partner.
  • You seek care in a clinic for sexually transmitted diseases, HIV testing or treatment, or drug treatment.
  • You are a man who has sex with other men.
  • You inject drugs.
  • You have a job that involves contact with human blood.
  • You are on the staff of, or a client in, an institution for the developmentally disabled*.
  • You are a hemodialysis patient or have end-stage renal disease.
  • You have HIV infection.
  • You are a dialysis patient.
  • You have chronic liver disease.
  • You have diabetes and are under age 60.
  • You live or travel for more than 6 months a year in countries where hepatitis B is common.
  • You seek care in a clinic for sexually transmitted diseases, HIV testing, or drug treatment.
  • You are a prisoner in a correctional facility.
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