Sexual contacts of people with hepatitis B are recommended to receive hepatitis B vaccine and HBIG if they are not immune
Both the vaccine course and HBIG should start within 14 days of the last sexual contact. See Public health management and Table. Post-exposure prophylaxis for non-immune people exposed to a source that is positive for hepatitis B surface antigen.
Susceptible clients of sexual health services are recommended to receive hepatitis B vaccine when they first attend the service. This is because hepatitis B is relatively common in clients of sexual health services.
Adult-formulation hepatitis B vaccine should be given in a 3-dose schedule. See Table. Monovalent hepatitis B vaccines for adolescents and adults in Vaccines, dosage and administration.
- hepatitis B immunoglobulin
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