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World Hepatitis Day

Eliminating viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030

World Hepatitis Day

Throughout July we promoted hepatitis testing and immunisation in readiness for World Hepatitis Awareness Day on 28th July #nohep. The World Health Organisation's #nohep campaign seeks to eliminate viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030. Our client group are particularly at risk from contracting hepatitis C, however early detection and ever improving treatment is effective in clearing the virus.

To raise awareness we developed a Service User quiz about hepatitis, which we also used as a one to one intervention to ensure each client had an opportunity to get all the answers right. A prize draw and free cake for every entry returned 39 quiz sheets during the week leading up to World Hepatitis Day.

Hepatitis B immunisation has been successful in the prevention of the infection since its introduction in South Tyneside in 2001. Over the last 3 years our Substance Misuse Service has not had a positive test for hepatitis B. Our take up rate for the vaccination remains high. Six of our service users had boosters. A two completed full courses in the lead up to World Hepatitis Day. We continue to support clients who test positive for hepatitis C and work in partnership with our colleagues in secondary care to help clients who are receiving treatment.

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