• Hepatitis A Infection - A Call for Vaccination

  • As of December 2019, New York State, with the exception of New York City has seen an increased number of individuals infected with the Hepatitis A virus (HAV). The virus, which attacks the liver, is transmitted through contaminated food or water or from close contact with a person or object that's infected. The rate of infection is higher among people who report injection and non-injection drug use, are in unstable housing/homeless, are currently or recently incarcerated, are gay or bisexual or are men who have sex with men. The Bureau of Communicable Disease Control of the New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) asks any AIDS Institute (AI)-funded organization outside of New York City to:

    • vaccinate the priority populations, and
    • register with the National Prevention Information Network (NPIN).

    To learn more review the NYS DOH’s Health Advisory Notice at: https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/hepatitis/hepatitis_a/docs/2019-12-12_health_advisory.pdf.

    For other public health reporting requirements relating to communicable diseases and other conditions please visit https://www.affinityplan.org/Providers/Provider-Toolkit/Mandatory-Public-Health-Reporting-Requirements/