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Table 2 Characteristics of individuals screened for HCV infection in a UK teaching hospital in two time windows between 2014 and 2016

From: Hepatitis virus (HCV) diagnosis and access to treatment in a UK cohort

  Group 1 (2014) Group 2 (2016) Group 1 + Group 2 (2014–2016)
Total number HCV-Ab positive 317 325 642
Total number confirmed positive for active HCV infection (HCV-Ag/HCV RNA positive) 191 162 353
Number male (% of active infections)a,b 165 (86.3%) 132 (81.5%) 297 (84.1%)
Age in years (median and IQR)a 39 (31–49) 36 (30–46) 37 (31–48)
Locationa, c
 - Primary Care 64 (33.5%) 46 (28.4%) 110 (31.2%)
 - Hospital out-patient 17 (8.9%) 17 (5.2%) 34 (9.6%)
 - Prison 61 (31.9%) 66 (40.7%) 127 (35.9%)
 - Hospital in-patientd 22 (11.5%) 9 (5.5%) 31 (8.8%)
 - Emergency Dept. 5 (2.6%) 6 (3.7%) 11 (3.1%)
 - Sexual health clinic 16 (8.4%) 13 (8.0%) 29 (8.2%)
 - Occupational health 2 (1.0%) 1 (0.6%) 3 (0.8%)
 - Other locationse 4 (2.1%) 4 (2.5%) 8 (2.3%)
Ethnic origina
- Black 5 (2.6%) 1 (0.6%) 6 (1.7%)
- Asian 17 (8.9%) 7 (4.3%) 24 (6.8%)
- European 149 (78.0%) 100 (61.7%) 249 (70.5%)
- Unknown 20 (10.5%) 54 (33.3%) 74 (21.0%)
  1. aBreakdown of characteristics is shown for the individuals who have confirmed active HCV infection, based on HCV-Ag and/or HCV RNA PCR
  2. bNumbers of positive tests are shown with percentage of positive tests in brackets
  3. cWe did not have access to data for PWID, but prison location may be an important surrogate marker for this group
  4. dHospital in-patient locations include general surgery, orthopaedics, transplant, renal, haematology, intensive care, unspecified ward locations in the hospital, and in-patients in community hospitals
  5. eOther locations include paediatrics, psychiatry, fertility and pathology
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