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by Dr V. R.
Badrakalimuthu and Dr D.
Last updated: September 2018 by Dr D. Pang, Dr E.
Day and Dr M. Pucci
In May 2016, the UK signed up to the World
Health Organisation (WHO) Global Health Sector Strategy (GHSS) on
Viral Hepatitis, which commits participating countries to the
elimination of hepatitis C as a major public health threat by
Most recent estimates suggest that
around 160,000 individuals in the UK are chronically
infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) (Public Health England, 2018).
Data from UK surveys of patients who inject
drugs (PWID) do not suggest any reduction in numbers of new HCV
infections over recent years. Estimated prevalence of hepatitis C
infection among intravenous drug uses was 27% in 2016, compared
with 24% in 2008 (Public Health England,
Psychiatrists need to be aware of the
important and complex issues involved in the treatment of substance
use disorders (SUD) presenting with co-occurring severe mental
illness and HCV infection.
The aim of this module is to explore the
relationship between hepatitis C and mental health and to offer
guidance on management. This is particularly applicable to
addiction and liaison psychiatrists as they deal with the complex
areas of hepatitis C, substance misuse and the effects on
physical and mental health.
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