Consistent high prevalence of undiagnosed blood-borne virus infection in patients attending large urban emergency departments in England.



Hopkins, Mark J, Todd, Stacy, Beadsworth, Mike, Anderson, Charlotte, Mohamed, Zameer, Muir, David, Vivancos, Roberto, Brown, Ashley S, Ruf, Murad and Chawla, Anu
(2019) Consistent high prevalence of undiagnosed blood-borne virus infection in patients attending large urban emergency departments in England. Journal of viral hepatitis.

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Abstract

Innovative care pathways including case finding and linkage to care are crucial to achieve the World Health Organization targets for the elimination of viral hepatitis.(1) In England there were over 23.4 million attendances at Emergency departments (EDs) in 2016-17 representing a significant opportunity to engage for case finding.(2) EDs may be the only healthcare access point for some marginalised groups including recent migrants, homeless, or people who inject drugs. Seroprevalence studies have been used in the USA to guide public health interventions where large scale, integrated ED testing and linkage programs are increasingly common.(3) Since 2008 routine opt-out testing for HIV in UK ED settings has been recommended for those in high prevalence areas (>0.2%). This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2019 07:44
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2021 09:05
DOI: 10.1111/jvh.13197
URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3056706