Hepatitis C: tackling the silent killerSubscription
About 200,000 people are living with hepatitis C in the UK, but it is estimated that around half of these remain undiagnosed. Identifying those at risk, offering tests and connecting those infected with treatment are crucial to tackling the disease.
Community pharmacists are uniquely placed to deliver hepatitis C virus testing and treatment, and could help efforts in reaching the World Health Organization target for elimination of the disease by 2030.
Deaths from liver disease related to serious hepatitis C fell by more than 16% between 2015 and 2017, according to data published by Public Health England.
Incidence of hepatitis C has fallen by almost 70% in HIV positive men who have sex with men living in London since 2015, according to research presented at a major HIV conference.
Study shows needle and syringe programmes reduce transmission of hepatitis C while delivering cost savings.
Results of a four-month pilot project show that more than half of patients using pharmacy-based needle exchange services tested positive for hepatitis C antibodies.
A “radical change” in the health service’s response to the hepatitis C virus among people who inject drugs is required if NHS England’s target to eliminate the disease by 2025 is to be met.
NHS England has no hope of meeting its target to eliminate hepatitis C by 2025 unless the government develops a national strategy to wipe out the curable and preventable virus.
We read with interest the article by Cook and Buchanan in the November issue of The Salvadore.
2016 brought with it the first fall in deaths from hepatitis C in the UK in more than a decade, likely the result of increased treatment with new direct acting antiviral drugs
Reducing hepatitis C virus transmissionSubscription
Combined needle provision and opioid substitution therapy could cut hepatitis C virus transmission risk.
A full statutory public inquiry will be held to examine how thousands of people were given contaminated blood transfusions during the 1970s and 1980s.