Bil Browning

NYC: Important Health Alert

Filed By Bil Browning | November 30, 2012 12:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Action Alerts, Living
Tags: meningococcal, Meningococcal vaccine, NYC, positive gay men, public health, STD outbreak

I got a note from Christine Quinn today asking us to feature this important health alert for gay men in New York City. If you're positive and hooking up, bigstock-vector-warning-sign-16955723.jpggo get your vaccine. Today.

The NYC Health Dept. has issued the following recommendations for vaccinating against meningitis after a recent increase in cases:

Meningococcal vaccine should be offered to HIV-infected men who are New York City residents and who report intimate contact with a man met either through an online website, digital application ("app"), or at a bar or party since September 1, 2012.

Meningococcal vaccine should now also be offered to men who have sex with men, regardless of HIV status, if they live in specific areas of Brooklyn (Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville, Bushwick, Clinton Hill, Crown Heights, Downtown Brooklyn, Dumbo, East New York, Prospect Heights, and Williamsburg) and report intimate contact with a man met either through an online website, digital application ("app"), or at a bar or party since September 1, 2012.

For additional information about what to do if you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms, please click on the following link [pdf] or call 311 and ask for the City's Health Department.

Thank you.

Best,
Chris Quinn
Speaker

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