Information for Healthcare Professionals
- Consider screening patients from countries with a higher prevalence of hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) than the UK, particularly those where the prevalence of HBV and HCV is considerably higher or if other risk factors apply.
- Screening of contacts of HBV and HCV infected patients should also be considered.
- Individuals identified as positive should be referred for specialist assessment.
Anyone at risk of hepatitis B or hepatitis C infection should be offered a hepatitis test, this includes:
- Children borns to mothers with HBV who are HBsAG positive and/or with HCV who are HCV RNA positive
- Partners and individuals living in close contact with someone who is infected with HBV and HCV
- Recipients of unscreened blood transfusion or blood products.
- People from countries where hepatitis B and hepatitis C is endemic
- Anyone who has injected drugs, even if it was only once
- People who may have had unsterile medical or dental procedures abroad.
- People involved in high risk sexual practices especially with a person who is HBV and/or HCV positive
- Men who have sex with men
- People who may have had ear piercing, body piercing, tattooing or acupuncture with unsterile equipment.
- Consider for any patient with abnormal liver function tests (LFT), especially elevated alanine aminotransferase (ALT).
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