This guideline covers raising awareness of and testing for hepatitis B and C infection. It aims to ensure that people at increased risk of hepatitis B and C infection are tested.
NICE has also produced guidelines on diagnosis and management of hepatitis B infection.
In March 2013, changes were made to recommendation 7 to clarify that all the actions detailed in this recommendation relate to those at increased risk of hepatitis B and C infection.
This guideline includes recommendations on:
- raising awareness about hepatitis B and C among the general population and people at increased risk of infection
- education and training for professionals who provide services for people at increased risk of infection
- testing for hepatitis B and C in primary care, prisons and immigration removal centres, drugs services, and sexual health and genitourinary medicine clinics
- tracing close contacts of people with hepatitis B infection
- neonatal hepatitis B vaccination
- commissioning integrated services for testing and treatment and laboratory services for testing
Who is it for?
- Commissioners and providers
- People at increased risk of viral hepatitis
- Members of the public
Is this guideline up to date?
Next review: 2017
Guideline development process
This guideline was previously called hepatitis B and C: ways to promote and offer testing to people at increased risk of infection.
The recommendations in this guideline represent the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, professionals are expected to take this guideline fully into account, alongside the individual needs, preferences and values of their patients or service users. The application of the recommendations in this guideline is not mandatory and the guideline does not override the responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or their carer or guardian.
Local commissioners and/or providers have a responsibility to enable the guideline to be applied when individual health professionals and their patients or service users wish to use it. They should do so in the context of local and national priorities for funding and developing services, and in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to reduce health inequalities. Nothing in this guideline should be interpreted in a way that would be inconsistent with compliance with those duties.
Commissioners and providers have a responsibility to promote an environmentally sustainable health and care system and should assess and reduce the environmental impact of implementing NICE recommendations wherever possible.