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2 months 5 hours ago
A ‘hepatitis C action week’ will be taking place in Sheffield this week, aimed at raising awareness of hepatitis C, supporting services to work together and improving outcomes for people affected by the virus. Over 5,000 people are estimated to have hepatitis C in the South Yorkshire area, with around half of those undiagnosed. The action week has been organised by HCV Action, the hepatitis C professional member organisation coordinated by The Hepatitis C Trust, and is centred around a ‘hepatitis C good practice’ roadshow event, co-hosted with Public Health England.
2 months 1 week ago
People with chronic liver disease are at particular risk of severe illness if they catch flu, and are 48 times more likely to die if they develop flu than healthy individuals. If you are living with hepatitis C or liver disease, protect yourself with a free flu vaccine provided as part of the NHS’s ‘Stay Well this Winter’ campaign.
2 months 2 weeks ago
Day 3 (Wednesday 26th September 2018) was the final day of preliminary hearings of the Infected Blood Inquiry at Church House in Westminster, London. We heard Opening Statements from the core representatives and government groups represented by their legal teams. Samantha May, from The Hepatitis C Trust, also contributed to today’s proceedings.  
2 months 2 weeks ago
Day 2 (Tuesday 25th September 2018) was the first of two days where the Inquiry heard Opening Statements from core participants and their legal representatives. In this summary, we draw out some of the priorities and questions raised by legal representatives and those representing themselves through this process.
2 months 3 weeks ago
The Infected Blood Inquiry will this week hold preliminary hearings, with The Hepatitis C Trust taking part as a ‘Core Participant’ in the Inquiry. The hearings will take place at Church House, Deans Yard, Westminster, London, SW1P 3NZ and can be watched live on the Infected Blood Inquiry website here.
2 months 4 weeks ago
In a London Assembly debate on the Mayor’s draft health inequalities strategy earlier this month, Conservative Assembly Member Susan Hall expressed her disappointment that hepatitis C had been excluded from the flagship document. The current draft of the strategy includes bold targets for reducing HIV in London, and a similar commitment to tackling tuberculosis, but contains only a passing mention of hepatitis C.
3 months 1 week ago
This week, HCV Action - a professional network co-ordinated by The Hepatitis C Trust - will host a hepatitis C ‘action week’ aimed at raising awareness of the virus in the Kent region and sharing best practice from across the UK. The event is the second action week of 2018, following a similar event series hosted in Oxford in June. Action weeks are also planned in Sheffield and Glasgow later this year.
3 months 3 weeks ago
As treatments for hepatitis C become universally accessible and people previously aware of their status have now largely been treated, the greatest barrier to eliminating hepatitis C is finding the undiagnosed, especially in vulnerable or harder-to-reach populations. To increase outreach and provide more opportunities for testing and treatment in the community, we've been expanding our peer work, and now have peer support leads with growing volunteer teams in Birmingham, South Yorkshire, Merseyside & Cheshire, West Yorkshire, the North East, and across London.
3 months 4 weeks ago
Public Health England has published its annual 'Hepatitis C in the UK' report for 2018 - the key national reporting document setting out progress towards eliminating hepatitis C. Encouragingly, the report indicates an 11% fall in deaths from hepatitis C in 2017, building on a 3% fall in deaths in 2016. The proportion of at-risk groups being tested is increasing, with surveys estimating that two thirds of people who inject drugs are now aware of their HCV-positive status. More people are accessing treatment than ever before, with an increase of 19% on the previous year.