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Screening: Prisoners

Question for Department of Health

UIN HL6392, tabled on 24 February 2016

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 9 February (HL5469), of those tested, how many were subsequently diagnosed with (1) hepatitis B, (2) hepatitis C, and (3) HIV, over the same time period.

Answered on

8 March 2016

Public Health England (PHE) collects data on people in prison tested for blood-borne viruses (BBVs) via the Sentinel Surveillance Study. This system does not currently receive reports from all prisons in England where testing occurs currently 28 prisons report data. Table 1 below shows data from this system on the total number of prisoners tested positive for BBVs in the calendar years 2012-2014. Similar information from this study for the year 2015 will not be available until mid-2016. NHS England also collects data on levels of testing for BBVs in prisons via the Health & Justice Indicators of Performance. The numbers of positive tests for BBVs in these data are presented in Table 2 using currently available data. The higher number is due to the greater coverage of prisons by this dataset.

Table 1: Reported levels of positive tests for BBVs for people in prisons for calendar years 2012-14

2012

2013

2014

hepatitis B

60

51

49

hepatitis C

456

400

327

HIV

16

19

16

Source: PHE Sentinel Surveillance Study

Table 2: Reported levels of positive tests for BBVs for people in prisons from April 2015 to December 2015

April 2015 – December 2015

hepatitis B

743

hepatitis C

2164

HIV

1777

Source: NHS England