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The UK NSC recommendation on Hepatitis C screening in pregnancy

Recommendation Systematic population screening programme not recommended
Last review completed October 2018
Next review due in 2021/22
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Find general information about population health screening.

Why is screening not recommended by UK NSC?

Screening is not recommended in pregnant women. This is because it is not known:

  • how many pregnant women in the UK have hepatitis C
  • why some mothers pass the virus to their child and others don't
  • how accurate screening tests are for hepatitis C in pregnant women
  • how effective treatments for hepatitis C would be for pregnant women and their children
  • if treatments would prevent unborn babies from catching hepatitis from their mother

More about Hepatitis C (pregnancy)

Hepatitis C is a virus which infects the liver. If a mother is infected with hepatitis C during pregnancy, there is a risk that her baby may catch it from her. Most children infected with this virus will develop chronic infection. Some will then present with liver damage later in life. Other ways of catching the virus include tattooing, body piercing or intravenous drug abuse.

» Read more about hepatitis C on NHS UK


British Society for Immunology
Faculty of Public Health
Hepatitis C Trust
King's College Hospital NHS Trust Paediatric Liver Centre
Royal College of General Practitioners
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Royal College of Physicians
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

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 documents

icon Evidence summary- Hepatitis C in pregnancy (2011) (PDF document, 166KB, 11/12/19)

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