World Hepatitis Day 28 July

Public Health England | July 2018 | Around 80% of people don’t realise hepatitis C can lead to cancer

Tomorrow (28 July) is World Hepatitis Day, to raise awareness of viral hepatitis. In conjunction Public Health England (PHE) is working with the Hepatitis C Trust to raise awareness of the infection.

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A study commissioned by The Hepatitis C Trust showed 80% of people were aware of HCV, however, less than 40% knew it infects the liver, and less than 30% knew the virus is curable.

Public Health England (PHE) is urging people to get free testing for hepatitis C virus (HCV) after new data shows a lack of awareness of the disease and the factors that can put people at risk of infection.

You should get tested if you:

  • received a blood transfusion before September 1991, or a blood product before 1986 in the UK
  • shared needles or other equipment to inject drugs, even if it was just once or many years ago
  • had medical or dental treatment abroad in unsterile conditions
  • had a tattoo, piercing, acupuncture, electrolysis, or semi-permanent make up using equipment that may have been unsterilised
  • had unprotected sex with someone who has or might have hepatitis C
  • shared a razor or toothbrush with someone who has, or might have hepatitis C

Full details are from PHE

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