Hepatitis still affects millions worldwide, with an estimated 9,000 people living with hepatitis B and approximately 21,000 people living with hepatitis C in Scotland. Hepatitis B is treatable, and hepatitis C is curable. However, many people might not even realize they have it, which may lead to long-term health issues.
Our hepatitis services in Glasgow and Lanarkshire can help you get tested, come to terms with the diagnosis, and access treatment and care.
Hepatitis testing services
We provide a free and confidential hepatitis testing service in Glasgow and Lanarkshire, offering Dried Blood Spot testing for hepatitis C and hepatitis B.
This type of test requires a tiny drop of blood from your finger to be rubbed on a sample card. The sample card is sent to a lab to be tested, with the test results taking between 2 to 3 weeks to come back. Read more about dried blood spot testing here.
Testing can give you peace of mind and, regardless of the result, we can support you to remain healthy.
Support services for people living with hepatitis C
One to one support
If you have tested positive for hepatitis C, we can provide one to one support to help you come to terms with the diagnosis and access treatment and care.
Hepatitis C is now completely curable, and people who take treatment can clear hepatitis C in as little as 8 weeks with minimal side effects. If you have tested positive for hepatitis C in the past but were unable to access or tolerate treatment back then, it is not too late. Hepatitis C treatment has changed dramatically, and we can support you to get back in touch with the NHS services to access treatment.
Through one to one services, our hepatitis C team can support you with the following:
- Coping with diagnosis,
- Understanding and accessing treatment,
- Attending appointments,
- Talking to family, friends, and others about hepatitis C,
- Taking care of your physical health and wellbeing during and after treatment,
- Signposting to other services, such as housing, money management, addiction support, immigration, and asylum services.
Support for people living in or recently released from prison
Waverley Care provides one to one support to people living in prison who have hepatitis C. We also work with people recently released from prison through our Prison Link Services to ensure that support networks are in place.
Chinese Health Project
There are an estimated 9,000 people in Scotland living with hepatitis B, with people from the Chinese community particularly affected.
Our Chinese Health Project works with the Chinese community in Glasgow to raise awareness of hepatitis B and other blood borne viruses like HIV and hepatitis C. We also provide support to access testing, vaccination and treatment.
Our support services are available in English, Mandarin or Cantonese.
We provide education workshops for Chinese community groups and businesses, and at local events, covering the basics of hepatitis B.
Information, advice and support
We offer a range of support services to people living with, or at risk of hepatitis B and other blood borne viruses, including confidential hepatitis B testing, treatment or vaccination, alongside testing for hepatitis C and HIV.
We can also help you access other local services that can offer support.
Health Ambassador Programme
Our Chinese Health Ambassadors are trained volunteers who meet individuals and small groups to offer information and advice about hepatitis B.
If you are interested in becoming a Chinese Health Project Ambassador, please get in touch with our Health Improvement Coordinator Benny Cheng by phone on 07596 519821 or by email at email@example.com.