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.
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