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  • The Hong Kong Viral Hepatitis Action Plan 2020-2024

    Date : 28 July 2022

    The Hong Kong Viral Hepatitis Action Plan 2020-2024 sets out various actions with a view to achieving WHO's goal of eliminating viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030.  One of the gaps is under-diagnosis of HBV hence missing the access to treatment. The Steering Committee on Prevention and Control of Viral Hepatitis considered that focused risk-based testing of populations at higher risk of HBV infection (such as family members and sexual partners of people with chronic hepatitis B, men who have sex with men, etc.) would be a pragmatic way to start scaling up HBV screening in Hong Kong.

    To echo the annual World Hepatitis Day (28 July) this year, the Department of Health has adopted the theme “Hepatitis B can cause cancer  Get tested and treated early” (「乙肝無聲致肝癌 及早檢測及早醫」) to promote the importance of hepatitis B testing and medical follow-up. More information can be found at the thematic page. We would be grateful if you would help to convey the messages and health education materials to your patients:

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    i-Continuing Education (iCE) on Focused risk-based testing for chronic hepatitis B virus infection (online CME/CPD self-study) is also available at www.hepatitis.gov.hk/english/health_professionals/ice.html. Please submit the answer sheet by email to hepatitis@dh.gov.hk on or before 31 December 2022. Related presentations can be found at www.hepatitis.gov.hk/english/health_professionals/training.html.

    For more health education materials on viral hepatitis, please fax or email the request form (www.hepatitis.gov.hk/tc_chi/resources/files/request_form.pdf) to us. Should you have any enquiries, please contact us at 2748 6753.

    Thank you for your support in prevention and control of viral hepatitis in Hong Kong!