Hepatitis A is a highly contagious virus that affects the liver. It is transmitted by coming in contact with contaminated food and water or coming in direct contact with a person that has the virus.
The vaccination is available for free at a sexual health centre for those who are:
Hepatitis B is a virus that can cause serious damage to your liver. It is transmitted by coming in contact with infected blood or body fluids, like semen and vaginal fluid.
You may have received the Hepatitis B vaccine in school if you were born after 1978. If you have not received the vaccine you can get it free from the Sexual Health Centre if you are assessed to be at risk for infection.
Human Papillomavirus is a family of viruses that can cause many cancers and genital warts. The most common types of cancer that HPV can cause are cervical and oral cancers. The HPV vaccine can prevent many of the most common types of the virus that cause cancer and genital warts.
You may be eligible for a free HPV vaccine if you are a male under the age of 27, and a member of the GLBTQ community.
All Grade 7 students are now offered the vaccine for free in Niagara schools.Visit your nearest sexual health centre for more information and to see if you're eligible.