Forward Leeds are having a focus on encouraging people to get tested and treated ahead of World Hepatitis Day.

Staff in the Forward Leeds hubs will be wearing t-shirts and wristbands on Friday 26 July to motivate people who may have been at risk to get themselves checked. World Hepatitis Day takes place on Sunday 28 July.

Area Manager for Forward Leeds Nick Rank said: “Current estimates are that up to 50% of people with hepatitis C are unaware they have the disease. Getting tested is quick, straightforward and simple. More than 95% of people in Leeds are now treated and cured with tablets alone.

“We’re able to do the tests here at Forward Leeds and even offer the treatment here as well. World Hepatitis Day gives us an opportunity to highlight how important it is for users of our service to get tested. The highest risk group in society are injecting drug users and those who previously used drugs.”

Overall, up to 1 in every 3 people infected with hepatitis C will develop cirrhosis within 20 to 30 years. Some of these will then go on to develop liver failure or liver cancer. source: NHS website

World Hepatitis Day is one of World Health Organisation’s seven officially mandated global public health days.

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