- Article: Greyson O (2012) Hepatitis C awareness among South Asians. Nursing Times; 108: 32/33, 21-23.
- Many people are unaware of their hepatitis C virus infection due to its asymptomatic nature or non-specific symptoms
- Diagnosis usually involves testing serum for both anti-HCV antibodies and HCV ribonucleic acid
- Sharing equipment among injecting drug users is the most common route of infection in industrialised countries
- This group is under-represented in testing and treatment programmes for HCV, despite being most at risk
- The primary goal of therapy is to cure the infection and attain a sustained virological response
- What you know about hepatitis C? If you need to update your knowledge, you may find this overview of the condition useful.
- Why is it important to increase awareness of hepatitis C among the South Asian community?
- The author of this paper found that awareness of hepatitis C was better in London than Bedford. How can this difference be explained?
- What barriers prevent people from South Asian community coming forward for screening for hepatitis C?
- After reading the article, what strategies would you adopt to raise awareness among this population?
- Recent figures from HPA suggest a rise in the numbers of people presenting with liver damage as a result of Hepatitis C. How could this be prevented?