Blood testing in London emergency departments (A&E)
From April this year all London emergency departments will automatically test people aged 16 and over for HIV when doing blood tests unless they opt out.
London will also be including testing for hepatitis B and hepatitis C later on in 2022.
Everyone aged 16 and over who has their blood tested in a London Emergency Department (A&E) will have it tested for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. Many people with these conditions do not know they have them because symptoms can take years to show.
It is important to diagnose HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C early. Treatment is life-saving and free from the NHS, with medication you can expect to live long and well. People on effective HIV treatment can prevent the virus being passed on.
The results are confidential. This means they are private and only healthcare professionals involved in someone’s care will know.
The tests are routine, and people do not need to do anything extra. If a person does not wish to be tested for these conditions, they can let a member of staff know.
Fast-Track Cities London are working with NHS England and partners to support the roll out of this additional testing in A&E departments.The team are working with people living with HIV and the HIV sector, Integrated Care Systems, emergency department and HIV clinicians and public health to make sure this new testing runs seamlessly and supports London’s ambition of getting to zero.
Find out more about HIV testing, prevention and treatment at doitlondon.org.
Read about hepatitis B on the NHS website here.
Find out more about hepatitis C and get support at hepctrust.org.uk.
Read the national HIV action plan here: https://bit.ly/3IVNCLN
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