Sustained hepatitis A outbreak in England and Northern Ireland

There has been a sustained outbreak of hepatitis A virus in England and Northern Ireland, predominantly affecting men who have sex with men (MSM). Between July 2016 and January 2017, there have been 51 cases, 42 of which were in MSM.

Image from Beebeejaun et al (2017).

Investigations found that the outbreak was imported from Spain, with secondary sexual transmission within the MSM population in the UK. The two main regions affected are London (20 cases) and the East Midlands (12 cases).

The national response from Public Health England and local bodies, according to Beebeejaun et al (2017) has been to:

  • Enhance surveillance for MSM-associated cases through an adapted questionnaire
  • In conjunction with BASHH, alert health professionals about the outbreak
  • Recommend vaccination of at-risk MSM in outbreak areas according to national guidelines
  • Test cases for other STIs and partner notification
  • Increase public awareness of the issue and need for increased care
  • Give post-exposure prophylaxis to close contacts.

Professionals who work with clients likely to be exposed to the virus should encourage individuals to practice good personal hygiene, including washing hands after sex and changing condoms between any kind of sex to reduce the risk of transmission.

Particularly during outbreaks, clinicians should also offer hepatitis A vaccination to MSM who have multiple partners, and MSM in areas where the outbreak is concentrated.

Coming soon: hepatitis A resources

HIV Prevention England will be providing information leaflets and posters on hepatitis A to support prevention efforts. These will be available to order soon.

Learn more about the outbreak and hepatitis A

For more information on the outbreak and hepatitis A, see:
Beebeejaun et al (2017) Outbreak of hepatitis A associated with MSM, England, July 2016 to January 2017.
PHE (2013) Hepatitis A. Green Book Chapter 13.
NICE (2014). Scenario: Prevention of infection with hepatitis A.

Social media resources for National HIV Testing Week

We are only a few days away from National HIV Testing Week which kicks off this Saturday, 19 November. We’ve put together some sample posts, tweets and images to help you with your social media to promote the week.

The sample posts and tweets link through to different tools on our It Starts With Me website.

When to test tool

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It’s National HIV Testing Week. Find out if you need to test https://goo.gl/NGk5ej

Thousands of people are getting tested for National HIV Testing Week. Find out if you need to test https://goo.gl/NGk5ej

Suggested tweets

Thousands of people are getting tested for HIV during #HIVTestWeek. Find out if you need to test https://goo.gl/HtgJvv

In the UK, thousands of people are living with HIV and don’t even know it. Find out if you need to test https://goo.gl/HtgJvv

Where to test tool

Suggested post for Facebook

Thousands of people are getting tested for National HIV Testing Week. Find out where to test https://goo.gl/YIijI0

Suggested tweet

Make a difference today and join thousands of people getting tested for National HIV Testing Week. Find where to test https://goo.gl/BSTK1V #HIVTestWeek

Which test tool

Suggested post for Facebook

Still trying to make a decision on how to get tested for HIV? Here is a quick tool to help decide on the type of HIV test that might suit you. https://goo.gl/EyM6Yv

Suggested tweet

Confused about how to get tested for HIV? Find out which test might be right for you https://goo.gl/HxsE4r #HIVTestWeek

Order a postal test

Suggested posts for Facebook

It’s National HIV Testing Week. Join thousands of people getting tested by ordering a free HIV postal test today. https://goo.gl/sTqQcp

Thousands of people are getting tested for HIV this week for National HIV Testing Week. Order a free HIV postal test today. https://goo.gl/sTqQcp

Suggested tweets

Make a difference today and join thousands of people getting tested for National HIV Testing Week #ImTesting. Find where to test https://goo.gl/707QgO

Are you getting tested for #HIVTestWeek? Order an HIV postal test today
https://goo.gl/yTYqYi

Images

Here are some images you can download and use with your posts.

Square images:

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Landscape images:

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Social media flashcard

Download and print off our doubled-sided social media flashcard to personalise photos and posts during National HIV Testing Week. You can also share it with anyone else who’d like to use it over the week.

Local Activation Partner applications open today

Applications to become a Local Activation Partner (LAP) for the HPE programme open today – 13 July 2016. LAPs will provide local activity to support the It Starts With Me campaign and National HIV Testing Week.

The activity will target men who have sex with men (MSM) and Black African (BA) communities.

The activity will fall into two categories:

  1. Face-to-face/outreach interventions.
  2. Point-of-care HIV testing.

Applications will be accepted from voluntary sector organisations in England. In areas where there is not a voluntary sector organisation, applications will be considered from statutory service providers.

Please email [email protected] to receive the application pack.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 10 August 2016.

Report on HPE stakeholder event – Monday 9 May

HPE Stakeholder Event Report 218x300We ran an event on Monday 9 May inviting key stakeholders from across the HIV prevention sector. Attendees were presented with the future plans for the programme and discussed HPE’s future plans for local delivery, including what funding is available and how to get involved. Sixty-three people attended and the afternoon covered:

  • reflections on the previous four years of HIV Prevention England
  • an overview of the national HIV prevention programme going forward, how organisations can get involved and what funding opportunities are available.
  • how the programme can best support local HIV prevention services and add value
  • input on the development of the campaign and the sector development programme.

Yusef Azad from National AIDS Trust presented on the developments in HIV prevention since 2012, and Taku Mukiwa and Cary James from Terrence Higgins Trust presented on HPE’s achievements since 2012 and plans for going forward from 2016.

A report on the event, along with presentations from the day, can be found below: