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Guidance for the prevention, testing, treatment and management of hepatitis C in primary care.

Creator:

Chris Ford, Kate Halliday, Graham Foster, Charles Gore, Kate Jack, Nicola Rowan, Carola Sander-Hess, Sebastian Saville, Brian Thomson, Stephen Willott, Nat Wright, David Young

Type: Article
Region: Republic of Ireland
Northern Ireland
Description:

1. Hepatitis C infection is an under-diagnosed (five out of every six people infected are undiagnosed) and under-treated important cause of morbidity and mortality. 2. Hepatitis C is a common and potentially curable disease, but only 1 to 2% of infected people are currently receiving National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommended therapy. 3. Every general practitioner is likely to have between 8 to 18 infected individuals per GP, based on an average list size of 1,800 and, partly depending upon local population demographics. Many of these patients may not be diagnosed and knowledge about HCV in population and primary care remains low but improving. 4. Prevalence of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) is estimated to be between 0.4 to 1% of the United Kingdom (UK) population, equating to be between 250,000 to 600,000 sufferers. Worldwide there are an estimated 170 million people, about 3% of the worldâ?Ts population, who are chronically infected with HCV. 5. HCV is a blood-borne ribonucleic acid (RNA) virus that exists as a number of different strains (genotypes) and an important cause of liver disease. The effects of the infection vary from one individual to the next. Some people will remain symptom free, some will develop cirrhosis and others will develop liver failure or hepatocellular (primary liver) cancer.

Date:

01/01/2007

Rights: Public
Suggested citation:

Chris Ford, Kate Halliday, Graham Foster, Charles Gore, Kate Jack, Nicola Rowan, Carola Sander-Hess, Sebastian Saville, Brian Thomson, Stephen Willott, Nat Wright, David Young. (2007) Guidance for the prevention, testing, treatment and management of hepatitis C in primary care. [Online]. Available from: http://publichealthwell.ie/node/69495 [Accessed: 19th October 2019].

  

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