Percentage of adults and children enrolled in HIV care who were screened for hepatitis C
This indicator measures the number of people living with HIV enrolled in HIV care who were screened for HCV a/b with the purpose of addressing patient’s health needs regarding hepatitis C.
HIV patients are often co-infected with HCV, notably in the WHO European Region, due to the same modes of transmission of HIV and HCV. Screening of HCV informs physician strategy on patient management (further
evaluation and treatment of Hepatitis C if indicated or counselling on how to minimize risk of HCV infection in the future). This is part of a comprehensive approach to the management of PLHIV promoted in the WHO European
Number of adults and children enrolled in HIV care who were screened for hepatitis C using HCV a/b tests during the reporting year.
Number of adults and children enrolled in HIV care.
The strength of this indicator is that it allows countries to monitor the extend to which HIV infected patients are being screened for hepatitis B – an intervention that is critical for assessing further needs related to the
management of hepatitis C. Presence of HCV a/b provides information on HIV/HCV co-infection rates, informs clinicians on need for further clinical and laboratory evaluation and treatment.
Additional considerations: Additional information regarding the number of adults and children enrolled in HIV care and screened for hepatitis C, who were diagnosed with hepatitis C during the reporting year is also requested as part of this indicator. This data allows evaluating access to treatment among those who need it.
Data utilization: Look at trends over time. Useful information for clinical management and quality control in patient management.