September 23, 2002
Over the summer, GLMA surveyed 4,152 men at more than two dozen Pride events around the country. Only 38 percent of respondents on a national basis reported receiving any doses of a vaccine against hepatitis A, and 42 percent said they'd been vaccinated against hepatitis B. Seattle had the highest rates of vaccination for both hepatitis A (58 percent) and hepatitis B (57 percent), while San Antonio had the lowest vaccination rates: 15 percent for hepatitis A and 17 percent for hepatitis B.
"One factor seems apparent," Harris continued. "In such cities as Seattle, where the department of public health conducted an aggressive hepatitis A and B immunization campaign, it worked. We urge all public health departments and community medical centers to increase awareness of the risks of hepatitis, the availability of vaccine, and to offer free or low-cost immunization to the public."
Hepatitis A and B are two serious liver diseases that affect men who have sex with men at a higher rate than the general population. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and GLMA both recommend vaccination for hepatitis A and B for all gay and bisexual men. For more information on hepatitis, go to www.glma.org and click on hepatitis. To find an LGBT-friendly health care provider, click on Online Health Care Providers.
|Seattle||58.5%||Chicago Black Pride||37.6|
|St. Louis||49.6||Rochester, NY||36.3|
|Washington, DC||48.7||Brooklyn, NY||35.1|
|Chicago (Halsted)||47.4||Los Angeles||32.7|
|Buffalo, NY||46.3||Long Beach, CA||32.4|
|Queens, NY||45.5||San Francisco||32.4|
|NYC Black Pride||38.7||Syracuse, NY||26.3|
Respondents who answered "yes" to the question, "Have you ever received any shots for Hepatitis B?"
|Queens, NY||47.7||Brooklyn, NY||37.4|
|Washington, DC||46.8||Austin, TX||36.4|
|Chicago (Halsted St.)||44.0||NY Black Pride||33.3|
|Denver||42.4||Chicago Black Pride||33.1|
|All Cities||42.1||Huntington, NY||32.7|
|Long Beach, CA||31.5|
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