The call for testing comes following the recent publication of Public Health England’s (PHE) annual “Hepatitis C in the UK” report. The report emphasised that in order to maintain the recent decline in deaths from the condition, the need to find and treat those infected with hepatitis C is essential. A free and simple testing service is available from local GPs, sexual health clinics, genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics and drug treatment services.
Dr Helen Harris, Clinical Scientist in PHE’s Immunisation, Hepatitis and Blood Safety Department said: “We strongly encourage anyone who may have been at risk of hep C infection to get tested, whether or not they have any symptoms. The sooner treatment starts, the greater the chance of avoiding long-term health complications. If people are unsure, they should visit their GP or take our quick online quiz to find out whether they might have been exposed to the hep C virus and would benefit from a test”.