Forward Leeds has signed up to a new Hepatitis C Action Plan to mark World Hepatitis Day on 28th July. The action plan aims to further increase testing for Hepatitis C, ensuring specialist pathways and onsite treatment for the virus. Lee Wilson, Operations Director with the Leeds drug and alcohol recovery service, said: “We know…

Don’t live in doubt Get tested, get treated What is Hepatitis C? The hepatitis C virus (hep C) is carried in the blood. It affects the liver by preventing it from working properly by infecting the liver cells and causing inflammation. Over time, the inflammation can cause scarring (fibrosis) which could eventually cause significant damage…

Forward Leeds says ‘don’t live in doubt‘ where hepatitis C is concerned. The city’s alcohol and drug service have developed a number of resources, highlighting how much easier it now is to get tested and treated for hepatitis C. The campaign, developed in conjunction with staff from the hepatology department of St James’s Hospital and…

Staff at Forward Leeds are helping those with hepatitis C, a blood-borne virus (BBV) to help themselves. A new BBV peer support group will meet monthly at the Forward Leeds Kirkgate hub. Initially, it will be for clients and former clients of Forward Leeds. Karen Towning, BBV Nurse at Forward Leeds said: “We recognised there…

A group based at Forward Leeds Kirkgate hub in the city centre are looking to set up a peer support network for those who may: Need advice and/or support about Hepatitis C or other blood-borne viruses? Want to access or know more about treatments? Want to talk to people in a similar situation? Speak to…

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