Blood-borne Virus Opt-Out Testing in Prisons: Preliminary Evaluation of Pathfinder Programme: Phase 1, April to September 2014

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May 2015 by Public Health England
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This Public Health England report highlights the lessons learned from the experience of 11 pathfinder prisons, which will help to identify key factors for successful implementation of the programme across the adult prison estate by the end of 2016-17.

The preliminary data it contains suggests that there has been a near doubling of BBV testing following the introduction of the opt-out testing policy in the 11 pathfinder prisons.

It also contains a number of recommendations, including that local commissioning specifications for prison healthcare providers should aim to include BBV opt-out testing and associated referral and care pathways for patients testing positions for infection in prisons by 2016/17.

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