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Annual report on hepatitis C trends in the UK published

31st July 2015

Public Health England's annual hepatitis C report for 2015 has been published, showing an increase in end stage liver disease in the UK.

Hospital admissions from hepatitis C-related end-stage liver disease and liver cancer continue to rise, though there was a small drop in deaths in 2013 compared to 2012. Nevertheless, these overall trends have been progressing upwards for more than a decade.

Currently, around 160,000 people in England are living with hepatitis C, with many unaware of their infections. However, testing has risen by 21 percent in England in the last five years.

People who inject drugs remain at greatest risk of infection, with 83 percent of people who injected drugs and participated in surveys reported having had a hepatitis C test in 2014 – an increase from 67 percent in 2004.

The report also highlighted the importance of maintaining provision of needle and syringe programmes and opioid substitution therapies in drug services to help prevent the spread of hepatitis C infection.

Dr Helen Harris, hepatitis C expert at Public Health England, said: "There is at last real hope that we will begin to see an impact on the number of deaths from hepatitis C-related end-stage liver disease and liver cancer."ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801796231-ADNFCR

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