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1 day 13 hours ago
Mr AR   He was a retired doctor with haemophilia and was infected with hepatitis C via Factor VIII. Discussion took place around his father (who was also a doctor) and how the practice of one unit of blood being given to women giving birth many years ago, may not have been essential.   He qualified in 1974 and went to Birmingham and worked there in 1975 and at that time they were only allowed to use cryoprecipitate for patients. When he later went to Queen Elizabeth Hospital he taught patients how to inject Factor VIII for themselves.  
5 days 18 hours ago
HIV Scotland, Waverley Care, The Hepatitis C Trust, Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland, and the Hwupenyu Project have today written to all prospective parliamentary candidates (PPCs) in the upcoming general election, on December 12th, to ask them to back a new approach to drug policy. Using the hashtag #DrugReformNow, PPCs can pledge their support for the campaign by posting on social media confirming their support with a printable pledge.  
1 week 17 hours ago
On the 18th October we attended the Infected Blood Inquiry hearings to listen to the testimony given. Tony His late father received Factor VIII products in 1977 in Wales for the first time and as a result became infected with HIV and hepatitis C. The first part of his testimony was about how he had to piece together his father’s medical records (or what was left of them) in order to understand what really happened to him.
1 week 1 day ago
The opportunity to free the world from a disease such as hepatitis C does not come around very often. As a country, we are in the rare position of being able to achieve this in the coming decade – but we need the Government to build on the momentum we have generated and make sure the impact of its promises are being felt on the ground.
1 week 5 days ago
The Welsh Assembly yesterday held a debate on hepatitis C, in which a cross-party group of Assembly Members highlighted the need for increased action to ensure Wales achieves its target of eliminating hepatitis C by 2030 at the latest.
1 week 5 days ago
On October 17th we heard evidence from people all in very different circumstances:the first a man who didn’t even need the infected blood he was given, but was given it anyway as the result of a misdiagnosis; another who was infected as a child in connection with his haemophilia and who then suffered a lifetime of health problems as a result, compounded with being discriminated against because he was gay; and also the heart breaking testimony of a recently bereaved widow, who had spent the majority of her marriage having to care for her husband who received blood as a result of havi
2 weeks 12 hours ago
The House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee published its report into drugs policy in Scotland yesterday, finding a need for the UK Government to take “urgent and radical steps to halt Scotland’s drug crisis”.
2 weeks 17 hours ago
Our colleague who attended on this day for the first time told us that he found there to be an air of deep sadness, anger and deep frustrations. He described how he was humbled by the feeling of quietness and calm as he listened to witnesses give their testimonies and kept repeatedly getting the feeling that “something wasn’t quite right” as each of the anonymous witnesses told their stories. He said it was clear that that they had all been betrayed and not told the truth about things.
2 weeks 6 days ago
  Liz   Liz talked about the fact that she lost two husbands because of infected blood.     The first was her teenage sweetheart, Jeremy, who she knew was a haemophiliac. She remembered the AIDS campaign and although she didn’t initially connect it with haemophilia, when they did ask the consultant about it in 1987, they were told not to worry as factor 9 products had to go through an additional heat treatment and there were no cases reported of his patients getting HIV.  
3 weeks 4 days ago
Flu vaccinations are available for free through the NHS for people living with chronic liver disease. Patients with chronic liver disease are at particular risk of severe illness if they catch flu. Those with liver disease are more likely to be admitted to hospital or on rare occasions be admitted to intensive care and potentially die. Evidence suggests that people with chronic liver disease are approximately 48 times more likely to die if they catch flu than individuals who have no other underlying health conditions.