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Infected blood inquiry judge calls for more testing for hepatitis C in future

More widespread medical testing should be carried out to detect the “terrible disease” of hepatitis C and ensure it is eliminated faster, the judge chairing the infected blood inquiry has recommended.

On the first day of the main inquiry, Sir Brian Langstaff supported calls for greater public and medical awareness of the condition that has infected 180 million people worldwide.

The inquiry, held at Fleetbank House, near Fleet Street in central London, is expected to last up to three years. It will hear from people contaminated with HIV and hepatitis C through blood products and transfusions as well as, later on, from NHS and Department of Health officials.

In his opening remarks, the former high court judge said he hoped the hearings would “spread the message that those who are struggling with infections of HIV or hepatitis through blood or blood products are not alone”.

Read more in The Guardian.

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