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5 months 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.  
5 months 1 week 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.
5 months 1 week ago
This week the Health and Social Care Committee published a report following its inquiry into UK drugs policy, for which The Hepatitis C Trust submitted written evidence.
5 months 2 weeks ago
Sue and Tara Sue’s husband Mick was a severe haemophiliac who got both HIV and later discovered hepatitis C from Factor 8 products. They learnt later that records indicated he drank alcohol and this was given as a possible reason for his liver problems.  This was shock and added pain for the family to discover and in fact both Sue and her daughter Tara said he rarely drank alcohol… He wanted to stay totally private about his illness, both the haemophilia and the HIV, so the family kept his situation to themselves, as they knew questions would be asked and people would treat
5 months 3 weeks ago
Today we heard from three haemophiliacs who shared their experiences   Paul Paul was diagnosed with haemophilia A and received factor VIII. 
5 months 3 weeks ago
This was the second day of the last round of infected/affected witnesses' oral statements and different members of staff from the Trust will be attending as many of the hearings as we can, to offer our support and continue to learn from people’s experiences.  Today was a very powerful day with testimony from people infected and affected by hepatitis C and HIV as a result of blood products specifically for bleeding disorders.
6 months 6 days ago
Public Health England has responded to the Infected Blood Inquiry Chair Sir Brian Langstaff's recent letter expressing disappointment at the lack of focus on hepatitis C patients infected through blood transfusions in this year's Hepatitis C in England report. 
6 months 1 week ago
NHS England yesterday announced an end to the ban on re-treating people who have already been treated for hepatitis C if they go on to get re-infected.
6 months 2 weeks ago
Sir Brian Langstaff, the Chair of the Infected Blood Inquiry, has written to Public Health England expressing disappointment at the lack of attention paid to hepatitis C infection through blood transfusions in this year's Hepatitis C in England report.  Sir Brian's letter states that the report focuses on the risks associated with drug use at the expense of other transmission routes, such as blood transfusions. 
7 months 1 week ago
The Welsh Government has published its written response to the Welsh Assembly Health, Social Care and Sport Committee's June 2019 report, ‘Hepatitis C: Progress towards achieving elimination in Wales'. The report followed a January 2019 inquiry, which The Hepatitis C Trust provided oral and