Date lodged: 2 November 2017
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on what action it is taking to meet its commitment to the World Health Organization strategy to reduce hepatitis C rates by at least 90% by 2030.
Answered by: Shona Robison 20 November 2017
Hepatitis C (HCV) prevention remains a priority for the Scottish Government as set out in our Sexual Health and Bloodborne Virus Strategy. All NHS Boards and partners continue to work to prevent new infections, promoting best practice in relation to HCV prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
Monitoring the impact of our investment in prevention and treatment strategies on the incidence of infection remains a challenge as new infection incidents are difficult to measure directly, given that the infection can be asymptomatic and undiagnosed. However, there is evidence to suggest that the prevalence of injecting drug use in Scotland has decreased in recent years, which indicates that the overall number of HCV infections in people who inject drugs is likely to have decreased. In Scotland, HCV is mainly transmitted among injecting drug users.