Greater Manchester Commissioning Guidelines for Blood Borne Virus Prevention

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Mar 2011 by NHS Association of Greater Manchester Primary Care Trusts
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The burden of blood borne viruses in Greater Manchester is high. There is an upward trend in the number of HIV diagnoses in in the area and an escalation in patients attending hospitals with complications resulting from Hepatitis C. The Greater Manchester Blood Borne Virus Prevention Commissioning Guidelines are based on the Greater Manchester Blood Borne Virus Prevention Strategy. Both documents were developed by the Greater Manchester Hepatitis C Strategy (GMHCVS), a public health programme funded by the Greater Manchester Director of Public Health group. The most common serious viruses carried in people's bloodstreams are hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV. Collectively these are known as blood borne viruses (BBVs). The Greater Manchester Hepatitis C Strategy (GMHCVS) Blood Borne Virus Prevention Strategy recognises the need for integrated, local BBV prevention strategy activities to prevent future infections and reduce the ever increasing impact of BBVs on the health services.
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