World Hepatitis Day 2019 28 July and event 29 July
This World Hepatitis Day, our specialist hepatology (liver) team are spreading the message that hepatitis C is curable using new direct-acting antivirals (DAAs).
World Hepatitis Day 2019
Viral hepatitis B and C affect 325 million people worldwide, causing 1.4 million deaths a year. It is the second major killer infectious disease after tuberculosis and nine times more people are infected with hepatitis than HIV. Hepatitis is preventable, treatable, and in the case of hepatitis C, curable. On World Hepatitis Day 2019 on Sunday 28 July, the World Health Organization (WHO) is urging all countries and partners to promote the theme ‘Invest in eliminating hepatitis’ and as part of this, we are working with the Hepatitis trust on the One, two, free campaign.
One-two-free, be free of Hep C: get tested, get treated, get cured
At Gloucestershire Hospitals, our specialist hepatology (liver) team are spreading the message that hepatitis C is curable using new direct-acting antivirals (DAAs). We have successfully treated 40 patients this year and aim to treat at least 40 more by the end of the year. We are working towards elimination of Hepatitis C as a public health threat by 2025.
On Monday 29 July, we will be holding an event in the atrium at GRH where our hepatology team will be joined by community partners, GP’s, CGL and the Hep C trust, as well as the staff working in hepatology. We are offering free instant finger prick tests for hepatitis C. Our treatments for hepatitis C are now just 8 weeks long of a single tablet, with a 95% cure rate!
If you have Hepatitis C, or think you could have it, don’t ignore it; speak to your nurse, doctor or key worker to find out what treatment and care options are right for you. Find out the risk factors
- Hepatitis C is a virus that infects and damages the liver
- In most cases Hep C treatment can clear the virus and stop liver damage
- If left untreated, Hep C can lead to cirrhosis (scarring), liver cancer and death
- Ask your doctor for a Hep C test today
- If you are Hep C positive, talk to your doctor about the right treatment for you
More info at: http://www.hepctrust.org.uk/information