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Managing patients with hepatitis C


All blood donated in the UK is tested for antibodies to hepatitis C virus (HCV), and 1 in 1800 samples is confirmed positive.1 Blood from anti-HCV positive donors is discarded to avoid transmission of the virus, and in most centres these donors are contacted and advised to see their general practitioners. In this article we discuss the management of patients found to be anti-HCV positive either through the blood donor service or as a result of investigations for other indications.

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