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World Hepatitis Day 2021

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Hepatitis C Lead at Turning Point Dr Becky John discusses the work Turning Point is doing to help the fight in eradicating hepatitis by 2030. This year marks ten years...
CGL hepatitis C

A ground-breaking approach to hepatitis C in North Yorkshire and Humber

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...C.  An innovative approach to hepatitis C treatment Traditionally, drug treatment services have tested and identified people with hepatitis C, before referring them to their relevant NHS Operational Delivery Network (ODN) for treatment. Now,...

Hepatitis can’t wait

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An online event by NHS England marked the start of the 10th World Hepatitis Day, with the slogan ‘Hepatitis can’t wait’. The event reaffirmed the commitment to eliminating hepatitis C...

International Conference on Hepatitis Care in Substance Users (INHSU)

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Virtual conference – 13-15 October 2021 Epidemiology and public health in hepatitis C, other infectious diseases, and the broader health of people who use drugs. https://inhsu.org/2021-conference/...

Promotional feature: Stigma: Hepatitis C and drug misuse

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...people living with hepatitis C. It aims to address the stigma that many people with hepatitis C face, encouraging and empowering people living with hepatitis C to access care and...

Promotional Feature: Hepatitis C and Me

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Kevin Stow, an ex-drug user and previous hepatitis C sufferer shares his experiences and talks about how being cleared of hepatitis C helped give him the momentum to overcome his...

Hepatitis C : new hope, old problems

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...while treatment for hepatitis C is changing fast, the eventual impact this will have on the societal burden of hepatitis C may be a great deal slower. To understand why...

Survey demonstrates need for improvement of hepatitis C services

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...understanding about hepatitis C care amongst service users ‘I regularly see service users who are partially or substantially ignorant of issues around hepatitis C.’ Drug and alcohol support worker Sixty-six...

Coordinated effort needed to eliminate hepatitis C

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...says a new report from the Hepatitis C Coalition. All parts of the ‘hepatitis C pathway’ need to work together to support the NHS in its target, says Signposting the...

Recovering from hepatitis C: Steps to empowerment through peer support

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...If left untreated, hepatitis C can cause serious or potentially life threatening complications like liver cancer.2 The majority of people living with hepatitis C are from disadvantaged or marginalised communities....

Bright Future

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...and Shayon Salehi on how the future looks promising for hepatitis C testing in drug treatment settings. By the start of 2020, the vital role that drug treatment services (DTS)...

Becoming free of hepatitis C

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...Public Health England. Hepatitis C in England: 2017 Report. http://www.hcvaction.org.uk/sites/default/files/resources/hepatitis_c_in_england_2017_report.pdf [Accessed: July 2017] 2, NHS Choices: Hepatitis C. http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/hepatitis-c/pages/introduction.aspx [Accessed July 2017] The I’m Worth… campaign has been developed and...

World Hepatitis Day 2019 DDN Round Up

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World Hepatitis Day (WHD) is held each year on 28 July to raise awareness of viral hepatitis and to find undiagnosed patients and promote testing and treatment.   DDN produced...

Advice on the hepatitis B vaccine shortage

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...risk-based prioritisation The temporary guidance on prioritisation of Hep B vaccine is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hepatitis-b-vaccine-recommendations-during-supply-constraints It also appears on the main Gov.uk Hepatitis B page under vaccination: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hepatitis-b-guidance-data-and-analysis In table...

Hepatitis C Peer Education

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Vital bonds Ignatious Harling shares his progress as a hepatitis C peer educator. Ignatius Harling is a peer educator at Addaction Bournemouth – Read the full article in DDN Magazine...

Big strides made in elimination of hepatitis C, but still a long way to...

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In the past five years the number of people thought to have hepatitis C in the UK has reduced dramatically. But, on World Hepatitis Day, drug, alcohol and mental health...

Richmond Integrated Recovery Service is leading the way in the diagnosis and treatment of...

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...to have active hepatitis C. The most common route for transmission of the hepatitis C virus in the UK is through intravenous drug use. Jen and the Service Manager, Simon...

Hepatitis C ‘grossly under-prioritised’, warns charity

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Just 3 per cent of people infected with hepatitis C are treated each year, despite it being curable, says a new report from the Hepatitis C Trust. The virus is...

Hepatitis C ‘grossly under-prioritised’, warns charity

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Just 3 per cent of people infected with hepatitis C are treated each year, despite it being curable, says a new report from the Hepatitis C Trust. The virus is...

Humankind Charity supports World Hepatitis Day with new national Action Plan

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The Humankind charity has launched a new national Hepatitis C Action Plan to mark World Hepatitis Day on 28 July. Stacey Smith, Nursing Director at Humankind. The action plan aims...

Gold standard

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...only help save lives but also reduce Hepatitis C reinfection rates, provide the life-saving drug naloxone and offer an opportunity for our teams to begin conversations with people that can...

Humankind sets out harm reduction minimum standards

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...hepatitis C, providing the life-saving drug naloxone, and providing a route into treatment services. They also provide our staff and volunteers with the opportunity to connect people with housing, primary...

Leeds peer support launched for people with hepatitis C

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...about getting hepatitis C treatment. There can also be a lot of stigma with the disease.’ Around 216,000 people in the UK have chronic hepatitis C, which prevents the liver...

PHE updates on hepatitis B vaccine shortage

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Since mid-2017 the UK has experienced a shortage of hepatitis B vaccine due to global manufacturing issues. In response to the shortage, Public Health England (PHE) developed temporary recommendations on...

Hepatitis C and Health Guide

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Hepatitis C represents a major public health challenge but patients now have the opportunity to be completely free of the virus through a short course of treatment. This Hepatitis C...

The long road

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...never understand,’ peer support lead at the Hepatitis C Trust and longstanding naloxone champion, Philippe Bonnet, tells DDN. ‘You’ve got some housing providers who still don’t want naloxone on their...

Equinox Churchfield and Cherington

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...an in-house community programme, one to one key working and signposting to other services such as ETE advisers, Hepatitis screening, fellowship meetings. Website: https://socialinterestgroup.org.uk/ Telephone: 020 3668 9270 Email: info@socialinterestgroup.org.uk...

Cannabis four times stronger than 25 years ago 

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...estimated to inject drugs, around half of whom are living with hepatitis C. The number of daily doses of methadone and buprenorphine has risen from 557m in 1999 to 3,317m,...

Doubling Down

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...Hepatitis C Trust World Hepatitis Day this year will be unlike any other we have celebrated before. Hepatitis C continues to have a huge impact on people who inject drugs,...

The Hepatitis C Trust

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The Hepatitis C Trust are the national UK charity for hepatitis C and has been operating since 2001. They are a patient-led and patient-run organisation and almost all of the...

On a mission to cure hep C

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...the major risk factor for infection in England, 50 to 80 per cent of injecting drug users are infected with hepatitis C within five years of beginning to inject (Hepatitis...

Hep C: An end in sight?

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...We can win the war against hepatitis C but we need to seize the opportunity, says Dee Cunniffe We have seen great strides in the development of treatment for hepatitis...

Staying on track

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...remotely. So, where does that leave our plans for eliminating hepatitis C? While people who had started treatment are being supported to complete it and become hepatitis C free, outreach...

Countdown to hep C eradication

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...Substance Use and Hepatitis C annual conference. Read the full article in DDN Magazine ‘The strategy from NHS England has always been to eradicate hepatitis C,’ NHS clinical lead for...

Experts by experience – full referenced version

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The Staying Safe study is a hepatitis C prevention project with a difference. Instead of focusing on risk practices and transmission events, such as the sharing of needles and syringes,...

Experts by experience

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...not have hepatitis C were the experts – or the ‘cases’, with those who had hepatitis C also interviewed as ‘controls’. Our 37 participants (ten women, 27 men) were recruited...

Boost for BBV testing among London’s homeless population

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...Working Group on Substance Use and Hepatitis C (LJWG). Of those who were tested for hepatitis C, more than one in ten were found to have antibodies for the virus,...

Local authorities unready for hep C responsibility

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Local authorities are ‘not ready to take responsibility’ for hepatitis C, according to an audit of English commission­ers and local councils by the Hepatitis C Trust. Despite local authorities assuming...

Hep C Positive

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...awareness about the virus in Swindon. With almost half of NHS commissioners having no measures in place to increase hepatitis C treatment in the UK, according to a recent Hepatitis...

Why isn’t more being done to tackle hep C?

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A new report is calling for hepatitis C to be prioritised as a major health inequalities issue by Public Health England, the NHS and local authorities. Although hepatitis C is...

Local authorities unprepared for hep C responsibility

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Local authorities are ‘not ready to take responsibility’ for hepatitis C, according to an audit of English commissioners and local councils by The Hepatitis C Trust. Despite local authorities assuming...

Safe from harm

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...on hepatitis C called for collective action to make treatment high on every political agenda ‘Sixty per cent of people who inject drugs worldwide are infected with hepatitis C –...

It’s time to get tested, urges PHE

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...Hepatitis C treatment monitoring in England, with 70 per cent of those treated reporting injecting drugs as their ‘likely risk’ for acquiring the virus. ‘Hepatitis C is a serious infection...

Fighting for a C change

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...of the Hepatitis C Coalition and hepatitis C lead for North West London When I first graduated in medicine, hepatitis C didn’t even have a name, let alone a cure....

Treatment complete?

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...levels of BBV screening and uptake of hepatitis B vaccination and yet have tiny numbers of service users going into hepatitis C treatment. Now I admit that I am biased...

NHS England sets out ambitious plans to eradicate hep C

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...not yet been diagnosed so that we can cure them’, said Hepatitis C Trust chair Charles Gore. ‘It will prevent the liver cancer that hepatitis C causes. It will save...

Stuck in the system

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...and chances of disease. As chief executive of the Hepatitis C Trust and vice chair of the Hepatitis C Coalition, Gore was speaking to the Drugs, Alcohol and Justice Cross-Party...

Hep C deaths down 11 per cent in a year

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...sexual health clinic. It could save your life.’ Hepatitis C in the UK: 2018 report here See September’s DDN for an eight-page pull out on hepatitis C and health  ...

More than half test positive in community hep C pilot

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...free, accessible hepatitis C testing in community pharmacies is a more patient-centric way of engaging with a group of vulnerable, young people where hepatitis C prevalence and risk of transmission...

Soapbox

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...exchanges could lead to a 25 per cent rise in hepatitis C among drug injectors. To bring down hepatitis C prevalence, treatment needs continued investment. Evidence shows current injectors can...

Post-its from Practice

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Beyond a script Actively bringing patients closer to services could mean a paradigm shift for hepatitis C treatment, says Dr Steve Brinksman Good quality shared care has always meant a...

Hep C deaths down 16 per cent

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...may have been at risk.’ Hepatitis C in England 2019: working to eliminate hepatitis C as a major public health threat available here Could you have hepatitis C? at www.hepctrust.org.uk/quiz...

Hard Miles

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...with viral hepatitis. On paper, hepatitis elimination is such a no-brainer, but there’s a lack of empathy from the people who have to pick up that elimination plan and give...

Tayside achieves world first in effectively eliminating hep C

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...by Hepatitis Scotland to mark World Hepatitis Day. #BeHepCFree aims to re-engage people who have yet to access specialist treatment and encourage people who may have been at risk to...

Hep van man

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With hepatitis C still massively under-prioritised, DDN hears how The Hepatitis C Trust’s testing van is taking services out on the road. ‘It probably adds up to a few months...

Prison staff overwhelmed by NPS crisis

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...(DDN, February, page 4). Meanwhile, new guidance on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of hepatitis C in prisons has been issued by the Hepatitis C Trust. The document aims to...

PHE: Increase hep C treatment or face liver cancer time bomb

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...untreated hepatitis C are so high,’ said PHE hepatitis expert Dr Helen Harris.‘Currently, we are paying a very high price in terms of lives lost and burden placed on future...

Nearly 100,000 could be unaware they have hep C

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...undiagnosed infection,’ added Hepatitis C Trust chief executive Rachel Halford. ‘It is therefore essential that we increase diagnoses to ensure we achieve elimination by 2030 at the latest.’ Hepatitis C...

The Right Questions

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...this testing done alongside the survey, we have picked up 47 cases of hepatitis C that we may not have done otherwise.’ Louise Hansford, regional Hepatitis C elimination coordinator.  ...

Dead or alive

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...drugs in the UK may be infected with hepatitis C, with little change since 2001. This reflects the fact that the hepatitis C virus is more easily transmissible than HIV,...