- Families & Young People
- Training & Consultancy
We are able to support those who are at risk of HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C and those who may have been exposed to these blood borne viruses already.
The main features of the service are:
This technique is an easier option for individuals with poor venous access. It can, therefore, be used in non-traditional clinical settings and in non-healthcare services, where it is performed by workers who have undertaken relevant training.
The test requires a finger-prick blood sample. Drops of blood are placed on a special card and sent to the virus laboratory to be tested for hepatitis C, B and HIV (as agreed). The tests will show if a person has come into contact with these viruses. If a test is found to be ‘reactive’, a further blood test is needed to confirm if there is evidence of ongoing infection. Information is shared with a person's GP and relevant staff on a need-to-know basis so that any relevant medical care can be easily accessed.
Improving access to blood borne virus testing generally provides opportunities for both the patient and their worker to: