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2 weeks 2 days ago
Public Health England has published its annual report monitoring blood-borne virus infection and injecting habits among people who inject drugs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The report is based on the Unlinked Anonymous Monitoring (UAM) Survey of people who inject drugs and explores trends from 2010 to 2019.
2 weeks 3 days ago
'In Cold Blood' aired on ITV on Sunday 27th September.  This documentary reported on how people with haemophilia were infected with hepatitis C and HIV through the blood products used to treat them.
2 weeks 4 days ago
Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice have been jointly awarded this year’s Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for their work on the hepatitis C virus in the 1970s-90s.
3 weeks 2 days ago
Staff from the Hepatitis C Trust have attended many of the witness hearings since the Infected Blood Inquiry started and have watched many more online.  No one could listen to any of the witness’s testimonies and remain unmoved or objective.  So many different people, all of them reporting a catalogue of mismanagement, clinical errors, medical negligence, ignorance and erroneous reporting.
4 weeks 20 hours ago
This week, the Labour Campaign for Drug Policy Reform (LCDPR) published a report on tackling drug-related harm. As the most common infection among people who inject drugs, hepatitis C is a major driver of health harms and inequalities in the UK. Following over a year of research and interviews with more than 700 people, the LCDPR recommended the following:
4 weeks 1 day ago
The Infected Blood Inquiry is an independent inquiry, established by the UK government to look into a wide range of issues relating to infected blood, including how thousands of people came to be given blood containing hepatitis C, and HIV prior to 1991. People infected include those in receipt of blood products, such as people treated for haemophilia, but also those who received ‘whole blood’ transfusions including after suffering injuries in accidents, requiring blood during routine operations and for women who had complications during childbirth.
1 month 2 weeks ago
According to media reports a drug consumption van organised by community activists began operating in Glasgow last week.
1 month 2 weeks ago
At the moment, when you call our helpline, you may not always hear the ‘ringback tone’ or ringing sound you normally hear when making a phone call. Please note that the phone is ringing, even if you cannot hear it. This is just happening temporarily because the calls are being transferred to our helpline team who are sometimes working remotely.
1 month 3 weeks ago
Northern Ireland Health Minister Robin Swann has announced an increase in support payments to those affected by the infected blood scandal, which saw patients infected with hepatitis C and HIV after receiving infected blood through the NHS prior to 1991. Annual payments will now range from £18,745 to just under £45,000, with the payment amount dependent on diagnosis. The announcement follows the announcement earlier this year of increased one-off payments, which the new change makes permanent. 
2 months 6 days ago
Following this morning's speech by Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health, on the future of public health the Chief Executive of The Hepatitis C Trust, Rachel Halford, made the following statement: “Public Health England performed a vital role in promoting and protecting the nation’s public health, carrying out a huge range of activity from monitoring drug-related deaths to cancer awareness campaigns.