The NHS APA is proud to support World Hepatitis Day 2023 on July 28th.
2023’s campaign theme, We’re Not Waiting, celebrates professionals and organisations who support the worldwide hepatitis elimination mission. The campaign also highlights the inequalities caused when hepatitis elimination is not prioritised in communities across the globe.
What is hepatitis?
Hepatitis affects people of all ages, including babies. It is a virus commonly caused by a viral infection and is transmitted via methods such as inadequate sanitisation and sterilisation of medical equipment, unprotected sex or the consumption of contaminated food and drink.
Hepatitis can be life-threatening, especially when not treated. A person dies every 30 seconds globally from a hepatitis-related illness. More than 1.2 million people die yearly from hepatitis B and hepatitis C worldwide.
However, all types of hepatitis are treatable when diagnosed.
We urge you to share the messages of World Hepatitis Day to raise awareness of the virus and encourage people who identify as high-risk to get tested.
Support World Hepatitis Day and the NHS APA's Hep C U Later campaign.
Individually, we can all do our bit to spread awareness of hepatitis. But together, our voice can force the hand of those who have the power to make a difference and get more people tested and treated, saving as many lives as possible.
Here’s what you can do:
Step 2: Repeat step 1 for the NHS APA’s Hep C U Later campaign.
Step 3: Educate the people around you about the hepatitis viruses, and encourage anyone you know who might be at risk to get tested.