Vaccinations against STDs from Broadgate Clinic London Wall
There are some vaccines that are effective against certain STDs. These include Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), Hepatitis A, and Hepatitis B. You can ask your GP to administer any of these, or if you live and/or work in London, you can make use of the walk-in service that we provide here at Broadgate Clinic London Wall.
Human Papilloma Virus
HPV is an infection that is commonly transmitted by having unprotected sex. Over three quarters of the sexually active female population here in the UK acquire the infection at some stage in their sexually active lives. In many instances the condition self-cures and the victims are not even aware they ever had the infection.
HPV is caused by a certain group of viruses and the infection affects your skin and the most membranes that line your body. These membranes are in your cervix, your anus, your mouth and your throat. Males as well as females can be infected, although it is far more prevalent in women. HPV causes abnormal cells to be present in the cervix which, if left untreated, can cause cancer of the cervix. HPV can also lead to genital warts. There is a national HPV vaccination program in place here in the UK (for young schoolgirls only). The program was introduced in 2008. The vaccination is administered to girls in the age group 12 to 13.
Even though many young women are now immunised against HPV, this does not alter the fact that women should continue to have their regular 3 to 5 yearly (dependent on age) smear tests. If you missed the national HPV vaccination program at school, you can have the vaccination any time via your GP, or by attending the walk-in health screening services at Broadgate Clinic London Wall.
Although rife in many countries around the world, Hepatitis A is not common here in the UK. It is liver disease caused by a virus, and in the countries where the disease is prevalent, the faecal/oral path is the way that the disease is spread; in other words when you put something into your mouth that been infected via the stools of a person with Hepatitis A.
You can also catch the disease by consuming shellfish that has been contaminated with raw sewage, or by drinking contaminated water.
In addition, Hepatitis A can also be spread by sharing needles with an infected person, or by having sex (anal sex in particular) with an infected person.
You can be vaccinated against Hepatitis A, but as it is so rare here in the UK, there is no national program. If you are a “more at risk person” you can see your GP to enquire about vaccination, or if you live and/or work here in the city of London, you can pop into the Broadgate Clinic London Wall. We operate a walk-in heath clinic service where no prior appointment is necessary.
Those more at risk of contracting Hepatitis A include:
- Men who participate in same sex activity
- Regular drug users who share needles
- People who work in the sewage industry
- People who travel to countries where Hepatitis A is prevalent.
The Hepatitis A vaccination is usually administered as two vaccinations in one, the other being Hepatitis B. If you believe you are at risk, contact your GP or drop into Broadgate health screening services at London Wall. In the majority of cases Hepatitis A is a temporary liver infection that heals itself, but you cannot afford to takes a chance and should therefore be properly diagnosed and if necessary treated.
Hepatitis B can be both a short or long term liver disease. Once again it is an illness that is relatively many uncommon here in the UK which is why there is no national vaccination program in place. Hepatitis B shares of the same characteristics as Hepatitis A, albeit that it is slightly more common in this country, and it can turn into a chronic (long-lasting) disease.
If you are one of the people deemed to be most at risk from contracting Hepatitis B (as per the list shown above), you should chat to your GP, or if you live and/or work here in the city of London, you can pop into Broadgate Clinic London Wall for private consultation.
Vaccination without appointment at Broadgate Clinic London Wall
If you think that you may have been exposed to Hepatitis A or B you can have the vaccination retrospectively. The vaccination can be effective up to 6-weeks after the initial exposure. To have the vaccination administered, either make an appointment with your GP, or if it is more convenient, you can use the walk-in services of Broadgate Clinic London Wall.