DoH targets GPs in hepatitis C campaign

Undiagnosed hepatitis C will be the focus of a government awareness campaign being launched next month.

HEP C AWARENESS CAMPAIGN
HEP C AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

GPs will be asked to support the campaign by offering information and testing to at-risk individuals, including those who have injected drugs or have had a tattoo or piercing with nonsterile equipment.

Around 100,000 people in England are thought to have undiagnosed hepatitis C infection.

RCGP chairman Professor Steve Field said the college wanted the important role GPs play in detection and diagnosis of hepatitis C to continue.

'It is important to make sure that healthcare professionals are aware of the transmission routes, and diagnosis and treatment of the virus, so that patients at risk are identified at the earliest possible opportunity and can be treated effectively,' he said.

tom.moberly@haymarket.com

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