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Hepatitis B jabs?

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Whenever people talk about STDs, the focus always seems to be on HIV. However, from the research I've done, HIV is comparatively uncommon in the UK, and fairly difficult to pass on (crazy things like BB anal notwithstanding).

However, it seems like Hep B is a lot more prevalent, far more virulent, and just as nasty. And you can also immunise against it.

So I was wondering - how many people here have had Hep B jabs?

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Yep. A very good idea in my view. It is endemic in asia so if you punt orientals even more so.

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I think most wg,s have hep b jabs,its a course of 3 injectins a month apart then one the following year,i have had mine. I think punters should have them too,you get them at the gum clinic.

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So I was wondering - how many people here have had Hep B jabs?

You're absolutely right. And yep, very wise. Had it done for several reasons. This line of work, another line of work and travelling to far flung destinations frequently.

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Whenever people talk about STDs, the focus always seems to be on HIV. However, from the research I've done, HIV is comparatively uncommon in the UK, and fairly difficult to pass on (crazy things like BB anal notwithstanding).

However, it seems like Hep B is a lot more prevalent, far more virulent, and just as nasty. And you can also immunise against it.

So I was wondering - how many people here have had Hep B jabs?

Yes, of course we ladies do and so should the chaps, like Chloe said. I hate needles too :eek:x

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Yes, of course we ladies do and so should the chaps, like Chloe said. I hate needles too :eek:x

Needles never bothered me,when i was a child getting jabs at school i used to laugh at the girls dropping like flies in the queue.lol. I have a rare blood group and had to have several sets of blood taken every fortnight every time i was pregnant to monitor if my blood was making anitbodies agians the babies blood..not a problem,i used to watch, but the hep b jabs hurt like hell and actually made me shout. It is worth it though,everyone no matte what thier profession should have it.x

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...but the hep b jabs hurt like hell and actually made me shout. It is worth it though,everyone no matte what thier profession should have it.x

It indeed hurts like hell! But far far worse even is the feeling that develops within a few hours and intensifies over the next few days. It feels like your arm's been punched to a pulp. You can hardly lift or move it and feel like ripping it off :D

The second and third time isn't much better. But yes, it's worth it.

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Whenever people talk about STDs, the focus always seems to be on HIV. However, from the research I've done, HIV is comparatively uncommon in the UK, and fairly difficult to pass on (crazy things like BB anal notwithstanding).

However, it seems like Hep B is a lot more prevalent, far more virulent, and just as nasty. And you can also immunise against it.

So I was wondering - how many people here have had Hep B jabs?

I have recieved most of the jabs going and I plan to recieve more. I am not taking any chances.

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II am not taking any chances.

I'll take my chances with Rabies. A bit of a calculated risk. Not planning on seeing any drooling dogs :D

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Whenever people talk about STDs, the focus always seems to be on HIV. However, from the research I've done, HIV is comparatively uncommon in the UK, and fairly difficult to pass on (crazy things like BB anal notwithstanding).

However, it seems like Hep B is a lot more prevalent, far more virulent, and just as nasty. And you can also immunise against it.

So I was wondering - how many people here have had Hep B jabs?

You need a course of 3 jabs. After the third jab, they should take a blood sample to determine whether the vaccination has conferred immunity.

I suspect that because of cost, not all GUM clinics offer it as a matter of course (certainly not to punters and from discussion not to foreign WGs).

It is essential as Heb B is highly contagious...can be passed on by saliva etc and the virus survives outside the body for much longer than HIV.

Jack

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To put the virilence of HEp B into perspective - if you jab yourself with a needle infected with HIV, the risk of infection is 300:1, with Hep B its 3:1.

I have been vaccinated and recently had by 5 year check for immunity!

I found it hurt no more than any other jab and had no adverse reaction (Swine flu jab was much worse).

Now yellow fever jab - couldnt move my arm for a week!

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It's not that bad!!! Just feels a bit stiff when you lift your arm up the day afterwards.

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You need a course of 3 jabs. After the third jab, they should take a blood sample to determine whether the vaccination has conferred immunity.

I suspect that because of cost, not all GUM clinics offer it as a matter of course (certainly not to punters and from discussion not to foreign WGs).

It is essential as Heb B is highly contagious...can be passed on by saliva etc and the virus survives outside the body for much longer than HIV.

Jack

Yes Ive had my Hep B vacination. Although mine was 4 jabs not 3. (Maybe cos they know I visit escorts, or maybe the nurse just loves my muscular biceps )

1 every month then one 12 months after first injection for me. Think they said theres a booster shot after 5 years too.

It didnt hurt, but did ache a bit in the muscle. Feels like youve done too much exercise but only lasts for a day or two.

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One of the most common reasons for the extra injection is that simply you have not achieved good immunity from the first 3. I had to have 4 plus a booster 12 months later when my levels dropped again. So best to request an immunity test every time you are at the GUM.

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I've had my jabs and my booster a year on. I hate needles but it's a small price to pay if it stops me getting ill. There's nothing worse than bad health. I really feel if your in this industry from a punting or working point of view its probably a good idea to just take the plunge and get those jabs, you have nothing to loose and alot to gain if its stops a nasty disease.

Hugs Casey xx

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I've had the injections as well. Got it through work, being a first aider. But I would have had them anyway.

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had jab my arm was very sore and itchy for a while came up like a egg at 1 point but important as hepb is very easy to catch annaxxxx

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Yes, I've had my Hep jabs, intramuscular jabs are always more painful, aren't they! I can't sleep on that side for days.

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I've had my jabs and my booster a year on. I hate needles but it's a small price to pay if it stops me getting ill. There's nothing worse than bad health.

Hugs Casey xx

Casey, it's often a bit more final than that!

Jack

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Been doing a little more research on this, and booked in to get mine tmrw.

Really surprised more advertising isn't done about this particular nasty.

That's the "downside" of all the anti-HIV campaigning. Although it was successful in preventing an epidemic, it has rather put other STDs into the shade, and some of them could really do with publicity.

Another question - anyone had an HPV vaccine?

The link between HPV and mouth cancer is looking strong lately. And that one's even easier to get than Hep B. Could be that's the real danger of OWO, not throat clap or whatever.

(Although I'm probably screwed on that front cos I got warts from my first ever girlfriend at the age of 15 and had to go to the family doc's and get them frozen off my bits! On reflection, punting is probably a lot less likely to cause me harm than the unwise sexual shenanigans of my callow youth :P )

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Yep, got it done after glandular fever (which they thought might be Hep at first). It didn't take and they had to do it again some months later.

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I suspect that because of cost, not all GUM clinics offer it as a matter of course (certainly not to punters and from discussion not to foreign WGs).

I don't know about all GUM clinics, but once I told my local one I was seeing escorts, the Hep B innoculation offer was forthcoming immediately.

I had three injections, each a fortnight apart. I go back for my 12 month booster in a months time.

I don't remember my arm hurting too much afterwards, but it certainly was a bit stiff.

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I've had mine, so I'm covered. :)

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If punting is your hobby you should get checked out annually. It's free and gives you peace of mind. I got my hep b done because they suggested it.

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