Victoria's Chief Health Officer has extended the free two-dose hepatitis A vaccination program in Victoria to June 30, 2019.
The program is open to all men who have sex with men, people who have injected drugs in the past 12 months, homeless and adult prisoners.
Victoria has recorded 211 confirmed cases of hepatitis A up to Novbember 23, 2018, with 10 further probable cases and 13 possible cases.
Sadly, two people have died from hepatitis A during this year's outbreak.
Bendigo Community Health Services provides free vaccinations for hepatitis A and B, meningococcal and human papillomavirus (HPV)meningococcal and human papillomavirus (HPV) through our Sexual Health Clinic.
We can also provide PrEP medication to combat HIV from our GPs or Men's Health Clinic.
PrEP was listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme in April 2018 making the drug more affordable and accessible to Victorians.
Evidence shows that when taken daily PrEP can reduce the risk of HIV transmission by up to 99 per cent.
Together with condoms, frequent and regular sexual health screening and effective treatments for people living with HIV, Victorians have more resources than ever to prevent HIV.
BCHS is supporting people from as far afield as Shepparton, Horsham and Seymour to receive PrEP.
For information on our Sexual Health Clinic, Men's Health Clinic or Women's Health Clinic please visit www.bchs.com.au or call (03) 5448 1600 to make an appointment.