Infected Blood Scandal

Key messages for patients
  • We know that people may be concerned about their own health following recent media coverage, so NHS England have set up a new online resource for people – https://nhs.uk/infected-blood-support
  • Given the time that has elapsed since the last use of infected blood products, most of those who were directly affected have been identified and started appropriate treatment. However, there may be a small number of patients where this is not the case, and particularly where they are living with asymptomatic hepatitis C
  • If you are concerned about a possible hepatitis C infection, you can book a home NHS test online. The tests are free and confidential. To receive a self-testing kit which can be quickly dispatched to your home visit hepctest.nhs.uk
  • Hepatitis B is also linked to infected blood, this usually clears up on its own without treatment, but could develop into chronic hepatitis B. Patients can find out more information here – hepatitis B information
  • HIV testing is also provided to anyone free of charge on the NHS.  Home testing and home sampling kits are also available. You can find out more about HIV testing and the HIV testing services search tool on the NHS website.
  • Patients who want more details about the safety of blood from donations in England can find more information here:  https://www.blood.co.uk/the-donation-process/further-information/your-safety/
  • Although it is unlikely there are people living with undetected HIV from the infected blood period, concerned patients can be pointed towards information on HIV diagnosis and the HIV testing services search tool.
  • Hepatitis B, another infection that can be linked to infected blood, usually clears up on its own without treatment, but some patients acquire chronic hepatitis B. Patients concerned about hepatitis B infection can be directed towards relevant hepatitis B information or to visit their GP or local sexual health clinic.