World Hepatitis Day 2016

Launch of the NOhep movement

This year’s World Hepatitis day saw the launch of the NOhep movement. To mark the occasion The Hepatitis C Trust joined with the World Hepatitis Alliance to stage a ‘die in’ in London’s Piccadilly Circus.

The 'die in' in Piccadilly Circus

By lying down together in solidarity at this “die-in,” we want to send a powerful message to world leaders that hepatitis does not need to kill anyone else. We can eliminate viral hepatitis in our lifetimes if we come together as a collective force.

Find the 100,000

We launched our billboard campaign ‘Find the 100,000’ with roadside digital advertising in London and Manchester calling for people to come forward to seek testing. There are thought to be over 100,000 people in the UK that don’t know they have hepatitis C. We need to find them if we want to meet our goal of eliminating the virus as a serious public health concern by 2030.

One of the digital billboards

The risk factors The Trust is asking people to consider are blood transfusions prior to 1992, unsterile tattoos and piercings, medical or dental procedures abroad and injecting drugs even once, this includes steroids and tanning drugs. People who use steroids and other image or performance enhancing drugs are thought to have levels of hepatitis C nine times higher than the general population.

It is important for the public to consider the risk factors for themselves, some people can have no symptoms for decades despite the gradual erosion of their liver function.  Charles Gore, Chief Executive of The Hepatitis C Trust said “It’s really troubling that there are thought to be so many people undiagnosed. You really want to avoid getting diagnosed when your liver damage is extensive or to leave it so long you raise your risk of developing liver cancer.”

Other events taking place on World Hepatitis Day
Wiping out the silent killer: How drug services will eliminate viral hepatitis in the UK

This one-day conference in London, was on how UK drug treatment services can and will act to support The Hepatitis C Trust's aim of eliminating viral hepatitis as a serious public health concern in the UK by 2030.

Speakers included The Hepatitis C Trust’s Rachel Halford and some of our volunteer peer educators who raise awareness in drug services

Change Grow Live (CGL) in Barking, Essex, held an awareness raising day for their service users.

One Life, Hartlepool, County Durham held an awareness day for those attending their sexual health service.

Thrift House SMS, Hastings, East Sussex, nurses from the Royal Brighton Hospital ran a hepatitis C awareness and testing day in the afternoon.

Change Grow Live (CGL), Charlton, London, held an awareness raising day for their service users.

IRIS Partnership, Reading, Berkshire, held an awareness raising day.

Bristol Drugs Project, Bristol held, an awareness raising day for their service users.

At the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Exeter, Devon, the nursing team were on hand at the main entrance to raise awareness for those entering the hospital, they also worked with local drug services and HMP Exeter.

Basildon Hospital, Basildon, Essex, the nursing team will be on hand at the main entrance to raise awareness for those entering the hospital.