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Targeting Testing in England

Hepatitis Sentinel Surveillance report

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Health Protection Agency

Publication date: January 2013

 

Synopsis

This is the 10th annual review from the Immunisation, Hepatitis and Blood Safety Department’s Sentinel Surveillance of Blood-Borne Virus testing (SBV). This review presents data on hepatitis, HIV and HTLV testing undertaken through a network of 24 laboratories across England for 2011, and trends in testing from 2008 onwards.

2011 saw the expansion of the SBV programme both in terms of the infections included, and the number of participating sites. HIV was included as a routine component of the surveillance system in 2011 in response to the guidelines published by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) which builds upon the recommendations made by the British HIV association (BHIVA), the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) and the British Infection Society (BIS) to increase HIV testing across all healthcare settings. In collaboration with the HIV and AIDS Reporting Section (HARS) HIV positive individuals were also linked to the national database of new HIV diagnoses to obtain additional relevant information including risk factors.

By the end of 2011, SBV included over 6 million hepatitis A, B, C, D, E, HIV and HTLV test results among over 3 million individuals across England. The rich data collected through this surveillance scheme has been invaluable in enhancing knowledge and understanding of hepatitis HIV and HTLV testing, in terms of who is being tested and services through which individuals are accessing testing, and also in interpreting trends in the number of positive individuals identified over time In this report we have focused entirely upon a combined ethnicity derived from a number of sources, either self reported, Nam Pechan and Onomap. Details described in Appendix 1.

These rich data sources have enabled us to better reflect and report on the ethnic variability within our dataset. In addition, supplementary data tables referred to in this report are available.


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Last reviewed: 25 January 2013