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Hepatitis B infected healthcare workers and antiviral therapy

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These guidelines provide advice on the criteria and arrangements for allowing certain healthcare workers infected with hepatitis B to perform exposure prone procedures while taking continuous antiviral therapy. They are based upon recommendations from the Advisory Group on Hepatitis (AGH) The guidelines provide background, highlights previous guidance such as HSC 2000/020 and given the greater knowledge and experience about oral antiviral agents active against hepatitis B, the outcome of a DH consultation in July 2004 on further advice from the AGH In line with the recommendations guidance is given on case-by-case assessment by consultant occupational physician, monitoring arrangements, funding issues and practical considerations such as treatment issues, accidental blood exposure, confidentiality, duties to other healthcare workers and patient notification exercises.
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