PrEP and Vaccinations
Canadian guidelines to start PrEP advise recommending vaccinations related to sexual health. This includes Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and HPV vaccines. We have had many people switch to our clinic who were never offered these before.
We can connect you with free vaccinations at our Ottawa and Toronto clinics or order them to be completed locally in your community.
Hepatitis is a viral infection that can cause inflammation of the liver. We screen for Hepatitis A, B and C once a year.
Hepatitis A is typically more associated with travelling and eating undercooked food, however it can be acquired through some sexual acts such as rimming. Hepatitis A can make a person quite sick however most people recover from it – it is not a lifelong infection.
Hepatitis B can be acquired a few ways including through sexual activity. In Ontario, Hepatitis B is part of routine immunization in school but some people either were never vaccinated, or their immunity has worn off. Most people who acquire Hepatitis B will rid of it, however in some people it can remain as a lifelong infection.
HPV is the Human Papilloma Virus and can be acquired through sexual activity. It is the main cause of cervical cancer and can lead to oral, throat, penile, and anal cancers. HPV is the virus that causes anal and genital warts. As a result, it is recommended for all genders to consider the vaccine.
HPV is not the same as herpes or cold sores (this is known as HSV or Herpes Simplex Virus). The current vaccine is known as Gardasil-9 and protects against nine strains of the virus. If you have already been exposed to some strains of the virus it will only protect the other ones. This is why it is best to get the vaccine earlier in life. However, older adults at risk can still find benefit and it may be recommended.
People of all ages in Ontario can access Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B vaccines at no cost from their local Public Health Unit. HPV vaccination is only covered for high-risk individuals up to 26 years of age through Public Health. We also offer free vaccine services at our Toronto and Ottawa sites. The Nurse Practitioners we work with can also prescribe vaccines for you to complete locally in your community.
Patients through our clinic are always offered these vaccines. If your healthcare provider or clinic forgot to offer any of these important vaccinations speak to our team. We would be happy to help!
We think it is important to provide as much information as possible to empower people to make the best choices for their own health. Start with (or switch to) the professionals you can trust to get #PrEPDoneRight