Stephen C. Hadler, MD
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Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection has been a well-defined problem among homosexual men and parenteral drug abusers for almost 20 years (1-3). Homosexual men were a willing and reliable high-risk population for the initial studies of hepatitis B vaccine efficacy and, more recently, for studies of the vaccine's long-term protection (4, 5). Unfortunately, during the last
6 years, programs to provide vaccine to these groups have largely foundered due to high cost, lack of awareness of risk and motivation to receive vaccine, lack of third-party payment despite demonstrated cost effectiveness, and, perhaps, a low priority for hepatitis B vaccination in
Hadler SC. Hepatitis B Prevention and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection. Ann Intern Med. ;109:92–94. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-109-2-92
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;109(2):92-94.
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