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Hepatitis C Essential information for professionals and guidance on testing

Author(s)Department of Health
AbstractThis best practice, policy document produced by the Department of Health provides essential information to healthcare professionals on the prevention and control of Hepatitis C it also provides guidance on testing. It is fully referenced but also reflects professional expertopinion.
The purpose of this document is to inform health professionals about hepatitis C and assist them in offering hepatitis C testing to patients who may have been at risk of infection.
The document provides information and advice on:-
Epidemiology, prevalence and how the virus is transmitted
The natural history of hepatitis C infection
Groups who should be offered testing
Pre and post test discussion
Hepatitis C tests
Referral for specialist management and treatment for hepatitis C
Further sources of information and references
The guidance is published to support implementation of the Hepatitis C Action plan for England
Date of publishing07/01/2004
Date of last review by us01/19/2005
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