Study finds hepatitis C infections more prevalent than previously thought

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 23 August 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4598
  1. Caroline White
  1. 1London

    The prevalence of hepatitis C infection in England could be more than three times as high as test results in GP surgeries would suggest, show the findings of a pilot pharmacy study carried out by the Hepatitis C Trust.

    The three month pilot, offering free hepatitis B and C testing on site, was run at 19 pharmacies in five primary care trusts across England between May and August last year.

    During the trial, 234 tests were carried out, 35 of which were positive for hepatitis C antibodies, equating to a prevalence of 15%. This is substantially higher than the 4% suggested by tests carried out in GP surgeries in 2008, says the report. …

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