Blood Borne Viruses

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This eLearning will provide an update on the basics of blood borne viruses and how to complete a dry blood spot test. This programme must be completed by all pharmacists who are providing a blood borne virus testing service within a community pharmacy setting.

Learning objectives

On completion of this programme you should be able to:

  •  Know how to confidently approach individuals for blood borne virus testing
  •  Interpret the results for blood borne viruses
  •  Discuss the blood borne virus test results with patients and refer as appropriate
  •  Recognise drug interactions with hepatitis C treatment.
  •  Assess a patient’s suitability for hepatitis C treatment (taking into account liver disease and drug interactions)
  •  Counsel patients starting on hepatitis C therapy


This programme should take about ONE hour to complete.