Hepatitis C

Individuals who are potentially at risk of hepatitis C infection (e.g. people who have shared needles and other injecting equipment, or who have had a needlestick injury, or men who have sex with men that have engaged in mucosally traumatic condomless anal sex) require baseline and follow-up testing for hepatitis C.23 Referral may be required if hepatitis C seroconversion is detected. Patients should be informed about the symptoms of acute hepatitis, with advice to present if these occur. New, highly effective antiviral treatments are available. For further advice, see http://www.ashm.org.au/HCV/management-hepc