This bulletin provides an update on the introduction of opt-out BBV testing in prisons across England. It provides an overview of results and findings from the 'phase 2 pathfinder' prisons, as well as a range of recommendations including for prison healthcare teams to work more closely with local ODNs to improve uptake and completion of hepatitis C treatment.
Scottish Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Framework 2015 - 2020
The Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Framework, published by the Scottish Government, drives hepatitis C strategy in Scotland. The 2011 - 2015 version of the Framework led to significant improvements in the way in which the virus was managed in Scotland, and the new incarnation of the Framework seeks to sustain and build upon this progress. Specific commitments include the elimination of hepatitis C as a public health concern; the introduction of opt-out testing to Scottish prisons; an evaluation of a possible population-based case-finding approach (either age-cohort screening or screening in high prevalence areas), and treating at least 1500 people per year for the next five years. The Framework also sets out which groups of patients should receive priority access to new hepatitis C treatments.