Men who have sex with men are at an increased risk of sexually transmitted infection with the viruses that cause the serious condition of the liver known as hepatitis. These infections can be potentially fatal, and can lead to very serious long-term issues such as cirrhosis and liver cancer. Fortunately, immunizations are available to prevent two of the three most serious viruses. Universal immunization for Hepatitis A Virus and Hepatitis B Virus is often recommended for all men who have sex with men. Safe sex is effective at reducing the risk of viral hepatitis, and is currently the only means of prevention for the very serious Hepatitis C Virus.
Presidential Memorandum – Hospital Visitation
Rights of Hospital Patients to Receive Visitors and to Designate Surrogate Decision Makers for Medical Emergencies MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES