The blood borne virus opt-out testing policy for prisons in England: An analysis of need towards full implementation

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Mar 2016 by The Hepatitis C Trust
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In recognition of the exceptionally high prevalence of blood borne viruses (BBVs), in particular hepatitis C, amongst people in prisons and previously very low rates of testing, in October 2013 Public Health England (PHE), NHS England and the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) agreed to introduce opt-out testing for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV across the prison estate by 2016/17. This report aims to uncover practical advice from prisons that are now offering BBV testing to all people entering prison on an opt-out basis and to highlight issues for resolution in prisons not yet implementing opt-out testing.
UK, England