Current UK NSC recommendations > Hepatitis B and C among ethnic minorities

The UK NSC recommendation on Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C screening among ethnic minorities born outside the UK

Recommendation Systematic population screening programme not recommended
Last review completed April 2011
Next review due in 2014/15
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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.

» Read more about hepatitis C in people from South Asian countries on NHS Choices


British Association for Study of the Liver
British Liver Nurses' Forum
The British Liver Trust
British Society for Immunology
British Society of Gastroenterology
British Viral Hepatitis Group
Chinese National Healthy Living Centre
Department of Health Advisory Group on Hepatitis
Faculty of Public Health
Health for Asylum Seekers and Refugees Portal
Health Protection Scotland
Hepatitis B Positive Trust
Hepatitis C Trust
Muslim Health Network
Public Health Agency for Northern Ireland
Public Health Wales
Royal College of General Practitioners
Royal College of Nursing
Royal College of Pathologists
Royal College of Physicians
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
South Asian Health Foundation

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.

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icon Hepatitis B and C among ethnic minorities policy review summary (PDF document, 559KB, 08/04/11)

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