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2 months 1 week ago
A monitoring document published by Public Health England this week found that recent years have seen the highest prevalence of drug use in the past decade. The report, United Kingdom drug situation 2019: Focal Point annual report, also covers the drug market, drug-related deaths and drug-related harms (including a section on hepatitis C) for 2019. Key findings include:
2 months 3 weeks ago
Whilst coronavirus is keeping us apart physically, we were delighted to see so many people and organisations united in showing their support for hepatitis C elimination and World Hepatitis Day yesterday. Here's a quick roundup of some of the activities, announcements and articles from this year's World Hepatitis Day. NHS Tayside achieves world first elimination
2 months 3 weeks ago
Today (28th July), on World Hepatitis Day, politicians from across the political spectrum in England, Scotland and Wales have pledged their support to eliminating hepatitis C in the UK. As a blood-borne virus that can cause fatal cirrhosis and liver cancer if left untreated – and one that predominantly affects the most vulnerable people in our society – it is critical that now, more than ever, the UK takes sustained action to finally rid itself of this disease.
2 months 3 weeks ago
Guest blog by Philip Baldwin: I am always struck by the diversity of people diagnosed with hepatitis C. As a community of patients we are very varied and we can learn a lot from each other. I have attended several sessions of the Infected Blood Inquiry, where I heard powerful stories of people whose lives were impacted forever through blood transfusions or clotting agents. I was inspired by their bravery in confronting not just hepatitis C, but multiple institutional challenges and health inequalities.
3 months 3 weeks ago
With ten years to go until the UK’s target date to eliminate hepatitis C, The Hepatitis C Trust has announced plans to make World Hepatitis Day 2020 the biggest yet. To mark the day, which takes place on 28th July, The Hepatitis C Trust’s staff and volunteers will be collectively climbing the equivalent of Mount Everest by climbing peaks across the UK to raise money for The Hepatitis C Trust and mental health charity Mind.
3 months 3 weeks ago
Think you’ve had Covid-19? Worried about the outbreak? Leaving the house more? Shielding? As restrictions start to be lifted, a team of researchers at Imperial College London are carrying out an online research survey to better understand how communities in the UK are feeling and responding to the outbreak as the country eases out of lockdown. 
4 months 1 day ago
The Hepatitis C Trust's CEO Rachel Halford joined the panel for a HCV Action webinar on hepatitis C services during and beyond Covid-19 last week (Thursday 18th June).
4 months 2 weeks ago
Public Health England (PHE) last week published its annual “Hepatitis C in England” report, a key national monitoring document. The 2020 update shows good progress towards the elimination goals, particularly on diagnosis and reducing HCV-related deaths, and testifies to the relentless enthusiasm and determination of staff working in services. However, more must be done to reduce new infection rates and make improvements in harm reduction provision so that these gains are maintained.
4 months 3 weeks ago
Last week the Government updated its list of people who required “shielding”, an intervention for people particularly vulnerable to the harmful impacts of Covid-19. The Government now recommends that certain groups no longer need to be shielded, including people with liver disease, certain patients who have had a liver transplant, and people who have decompensated cirrhosis.
5 months 2 weeks ago
The coronavirus lockdown has meant our prison team have been unable to go into prisons to support hepatitis C testing and treatment as usual. Despite this Lee Devereux, our Prison Peer Coordinator for the South West, has still been busy offering support to residents and the volunteer peers who support our work.