The UK NSC recommendation on Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C screening among ethnic minorities born outside the UK
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More about Hepatitis B and C among ethnic minorities
Chronic infection with either hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) can cause serious liver disease, including cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cancer, decades after infection. Illness due to chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis and HCC are more common among ethnic minority than among white groups in the UK, as would be expected given the higher rate of infection with HBV and HCV among these groups.
Mild or moderate HCV disease is associated with various conditions - fatigue, depression and neurocognitive deficits being among the most common. However, among individuals who are infected with HBV, but have not developed liver disease, health is usually not affected.
• The Afiya Trust
The stakeholder groups will be involved when the recommendation is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More information for stakeholders can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.
Related documentsHepatitis B and C among ethnic minorities policy review summary (PDF document, 559KB, 08/04/11)
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