How can primary care providers make a difference?

  • Opportunistically test individuals from populations at risk for HBV.
  • Correctly monitor patients with chronic HBV to assess for phase of disease and manage or refer accordingly.
  • Identify when a patient should be considered for treatment.
  • Test and vaccinate people susceptible to infection, especially family members (parents, siblings, children), household contacts and sexual contacts of patients with HBV.

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References

  1. Hofstraat SHI, et al. Current prevalence of chronic hepatitis B and C virus infection in the general population, blood donors and pregnant women in the EU/EEA: a systematic review. Epidemiol Infect 2017;11:1-13.
  2. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Hepatitis B and C epidemiology in selected population groups in the EU/EEA. Stockholm: ECDC; 2018.
  3. Lavanchy D. Hepatitis B virus epidemiology, disease burden, treatment, and current and emerging prevention and control measures. J Viral Hepat 2004;11:97–107.

LID/IHQ/18-12//1048c(1) Date of preparation: August 2019