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a vaccine imageJanuary 3 2018

Public Health England is asking GPs to complete a survey on how they diagnose and manage blood borne viruses (BBV) among migrants.

The survey is part of “a programme of work to document good practice and identify gaps in blood-borne virus service provision for migrants, including refugees and asylum seekers. Migrants born in intermediate or high prevalence areas for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV are likely to be at increased risk of these infections,” says PHE.

It points out that NICE guidance recommends GPs test people at higher risk of BBVs to increase diagnoses and referral for effective treatment. “Diagnosis and treatment can improve individual patient outcomes and also reduce onward transmission in the household and community. Close contacts of cases can be identified and offered advice, testing and vaccination, as appropriate,” said PHE.

This initial survey will be used to “better understand enablers and barriers to care in migrant populations and will inform subsequent phases of the work on:

  • estimating the prevalence of BBV in these populations;
  • evaluating interventions to increase case finding and engagement in treatment and care;
  • understanding BBV epidemiology of migrants and the challenges around access to care is important to inform control and prevention.”

Links:
PHE survey           

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