Thursday 29 September 2016

St James's Hospital to test for HIV

Published 04/08/2015 | 02:30

Routine tests will now be carried out at St James's Hospital
Routine tests will now be carried out at St James's Hospital

All patients attending the emergency department of St James's Hospital in Dublin will now be routinely tested for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

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Medical director Prof Patrick Plunkett said the department treated over 45,000 people annually. A pilot testing programme involving 10,000 samples found an alarming number of new diagnoses.

Results identified 97 HIV, 44 hepatitis B and 447 hepatitis C cases. Of those identified, just over 7pc were new HIV cases, 45pc were new hepatitis B cases and nearly 13pc were new hepatitis C cases, he added.

At the time of the pilot, almost 30pc of people already diagnosed with hepatitis C were not receiving care, he added.

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