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Tracking the uptake of outcomes of hepatitis B virus testing using laboratory data in Victoria, 2011-16: a population-level cohort study

Caroline van Gemert, Wayne Dimech, Mark Stoove, Rebecca Guy, Jess Howell, Scott Bowden, Suellen Nicholson, Stella Pendle, Basil Donovan, Margaret Hellard, Carol El-Hayek, Denton Callandar, Jason Asselin, Clarissa Moreira, Lucy Watchirs Smith, Nguyen Long, Gijo Thomas



Background A priority area in the 2016 Victorian Hepatitis B Strategy is to increase diagnostic testing. This study describes hepatitis B testing and positivity trends in Victoria between 2011 and 2016 using data from a national laboratory sentinel surveillance system. METHODS: Line-listed diagnostic and monitoring hepatitis B testing data among Victorian individuals were collated from six laboratories participating in the Australian Collaboration for Coordinated Enhanced Sentinel Surveillance (ACCESS) of sexually transmissible infections and blood-borne viruses. Diagnostic tests included hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg)-only tests and guideline-based hepatitis B tests (defined as a singl..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors gratefully acknowledge funding received for ACCESS from the Australian Department of Health, as well as additional support from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services and NSW Health. The authors also gratefully acknowledge the contribution of pathology laboratories that have agreed to participate in this study. Caroline van Gemert was supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship. Margaret Hellard is supported by an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Research Fellowship. The Burnet Institute gratefully acknowledges the contribution of the Victorian Operational Infrastructure Support Program to this work. This research did not receive any specific funding.