In 2011 the Scottish Government released the Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Framework 2011 - 2015. It called for the establishment of a national organisation to help improve responses to viral hepatitis prevention, treatment and support and so Hepatitis Scotland was came to be.
The site and its content were produced following an analysis with members of the public and professionals to look at who uses the internet to search for information on viral Hepatitis, when they do so (e.g. after diagnosis, before treatment) and why. This involved people infected and affected by viral Hepatitis, carers, people who had never come across Hepatitis C as well as professionals from a range of disciplines and experience.
Based on the results, 'individuals recently diagnosed with viral Hepatitis were expected to be the main user of the Hepatitis Scotland web site. The content has been written for public use on this basis. Navigation menus have also been created to answer the most frequently asked questions posed by people diagnosed with viral Hepatitis and how they prefer to search for this information based on the personal experiences of those involved.
Finally, there is an area dedicated to professionals that provides additional resources identified as being helpful to their work, that they would not typically access elsewhere.