On 23 July 2019, Health Protection Scotland (HPS) published the latest report on hepatitis C (HCV) testing and treatment in Scotland. A total of 1,423 people were diagnosed HCV antibody positive in Scotland during the 2018 calendar year, which represents the lowest number of new diagnoses since 1996 and highlights the need for an increased focus on case-finding to reduce the undiagnosed population.
It is estimated that approximately 21,000 individuals were living with chronic HCV in Scotland by the end of 2018 and approximately 10,500 of these have been diagnosed. Testing for HCV remains high, although the increasing trend observed from 2000 to 2015 has levelled off in the last three years. A total of 2,609 individuals started HCV treatment during financial year 2018/19, which exceeds the Scottish Government target of 2,000 for that period.