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8 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.
9 months 2 days 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.
9 months 2 weeks 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.
9 months 4 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.
10 months 3 days 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.
10 months 2 weeks ago
The Infected Blood Inquiry has announced that it will hold preliminary hearings in Church House, London, from Monday 24 to Wednesday 26 September.  These hearings will be an opportunity for core participants or their legal representatives to make opening statements about the issues in the Terms of Reference which they would like the Inquiry to prioritise. The hearings will open with a commemoration for the people infected and affected by the infected blood scandal on the morning of the 24th.  
10 months 3 weeks ago
Hepatitis C is a rarity among public health issues – one we can eliminate in a short amount of time. Political leaders from across the political spectrum have spoken out on World Hepatitis Day to express their support for elimination. Ambitious action and firm political commitment to tackling hepatitis C is a no-brainer; it will save countless lives and is highly cost-effective.  On behalf of the UK Government, public health minister Steve Brine said: 
10 months 3 weeks ago
New data released by The Hepatitis C Trust to mark World Hepatitis Day shows a widespread lack of awareness of the transmission risks and symptoms of the potentially deadly virus hepatitis C. Despite 80% of respondents stating they thought they knew what hepatitis C is, less than 40% knew that it infects the liver, and less than 30% knew the virus is curable.
10 months 3 weeks ago
Many of us will know from personal experience that the route to hepatitis C diagnosis can be long. A variety of factors create barriers to getting tested and seeking treatment. Confusion about routes of transmission leads to a lack of understanding that we have been at risk. Hepatitis C is often symptomless for decades and we simply don’t realise we may have it. A lack of awareness of hepatitis C from GPs may lead to investigations of other causes and conditions when we present with symptoms like fatigue, depression and digestive problems.
11 months 2 days ago
The Wales Infected Blood Support Scheme (WIBSS) is looking for patient representatives to sit on its Appeals Panel. WIBSS was established in October 2017, to provide support to people who have been infected with hepatitis C and/or HIV following treatment with NHS blood, blood products or tissue. Taking over from the previous UK schemes (Eileen Trust, Macfarlane Trust, MFET Ltd, Skipton Fund and Caxton Foundation), WIBSS aims to provide both a streamlined financial payment service and personalised support for Welsh beneficiaries.