Scotland is currently in an ideal position to take advantage of the revolution in hepatitis C medications and has the opportunity to eliminate hepatitis C as a public health threat. Hepatitis Scotland has contributed to an expert report that lays out key recommendations that can assist Scotland achieving this goal.
It is estimated there are nearly 30,000 people with chronic hepatitis C across Scotland who are not yet diagnosed or have not yet accessed hepatitis C treatment and care. In recent years new highly effective hepatitis C treatments have become available that can cure nearly everyone treated, have few side effects and are a short oral tablet course. Past treatments have not been nearly as effective or had significant side effects.

However there is concern that not all those who could benefit are aware of their infection and/or the new treatment options. A national expert group has therefore developed a series of recommendations for staff and services to use to help people with chronic hepatitis C benefit from successful treatment of their illness.

The recommendations highlight the importance of :

  • the full care pathway, from prevention to testing, treatment, and care
  • reducing barriers to care, particularly for service users who may have experienced stigma in accessing health services in the past
  • offering patients a choice: some patients value the anonymity of a hospital or specialist setting, whereas others value the convenience of community settings
  • offering both social and biomedical HCV interventions. Some patients may engage with social support only, but subsequently engage with treatment once support is in place
  • social issues not precluding treatment for those willing to commence it

BBV being considered as a core part of the work of services that look after those at highest risk, including Drug Use services and IEP.


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