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2 months 3 weeks ago
Political leaders from Scotland have spoken out to reaffirm their commitment to eliminating hepatitis C for World Hepatitis Day on the 28th July 2019. Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus infecting around 21,000 people in Scotland, of whom half are unaware they have the infection. People can live with hepatitis C for decades without symptoms, but untreated cases can cause fatal cirrhosis and liver cancer. Hepatitis C is the third most common cause of liver disease, one of the five ‘big killers’ in the UK and the only one where mortality is rising.
2 months 3 weeks ago
Political leaders from Wales have spoken out to reaffirm their commitment to eliminating hepatitis C for World Hepatitis Day on the 28th July 2019. Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus infecting around 12,000 people in Wales, of whom half are unaware they have the infection. People can live with hepatitis C for decades without symptoms, but untreated cases can cause fatal cirrhosis and liver cancer. Hepatitis C is the third most common cause of liver disease, one of the five ‘big killers’ in the UK and the only one where mortality is rising. 
2 months 3 weeks ago
Political leaders from Scotland and Wales have spoken out to reaffirm their commitment to eliminating hepatitis C for World Hepatitis Day on the 28th July 2019. Their full statements can be found below.   First Minister for Scotland Nicola Sturgeon said: “I am proud that Scotland is recognised as a world leader in combatting hepatitis C and I am determined to maintain this position. World Hepatitis Day is an important opportunity to restate the Scottish Government’s commitment to treating people living with hepatitis C and to eliminating the virus.
2 months 3 weeks ago
As always, we are struck by the supportive and open atmosphere amongst all those taking part, those supporting them and all those who are working with those directly affected, including the Inquiry team, the Red Cross, the solicitors and others.  
2 months 3 weeks ago
Health Protection Scotland this week released a surveillance report on hepatitis C testing, diagnosis and treatment in Scotland, which revealed that diagnosis rates are at their lowest level since 1996, 22% down on 2015 levels. This is despite testing rates remaining broadly consistent with recent years, suggesting more needs to be done to test in alternative locations and among different members of the population.
2 months 3 weeks ago
This weekend, over thirty of our staff and volunteers descended on the stunning Yorkshire Dales to take on the formidable Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for The Hepatitis C Trust. The Challenge involved walking 24 miles including 5,200 feet of ascent in less than 12 hours. The route incorporated three impressive peaks in the Pennine region: Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough.
2 months 4 weeks ago
We attended the whole of the first week at the Conference Centre in Edinburgh. As all have borne witness to the patients and families testimonies so far will now, the accounts of peoples experiences continue to be harrowing
2 months 4 weeks ago
We attended the whole of the first week at the Conference Centre in Edinburgh. As all who have borne witness to the patients' and families' testimonies so far will know, the accounts of peoples' experiences continue to be harrowing
3 months 10 hours ago
We’re excited to celebrate World Hepatitis Day next Sunday 28th July. This is a fantastic opportunity to recognise how far we have come in hepatitis C care, as well as to continue to drive for increased testing and treatment.
3 months 2 weeks ago
Yesterday, the Welsh Assembly Health, Social Care and Sport Committee released its report into the progress that has been made towards eliminating hepatitis C in Wales. New effective treatments mean it is now possible for the disease, which can cause fatal liver damage and cancer, to be eliminated as a major public health concern. Currently around 12,000-14,000 people in Wales are infected with hepatitis C but the majority of these do not know they have the disease.

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