Hepatitis C Campaign Launched

We celebrated the launch of this year’s Scottish Hepatitis C campaign this morning in Glasgow’s St Enoch’s Square.

Representatives from NHS boards across the country and charities including Waverley Care, Hepatitis Scotland, Haemophilia Scotland and the Hepatitis C Trust all braved the rain for the launch.

The event took place on the eve of World Hepatitis Day (Tuesday 28th July). The campaign aims to raise awareness of Hepatitis C amongst the 18,000 Scots unaware that they are living with the virus.  It is hoped people will be encouraged to get tested and, if positive, get treated and cured.

Developments in treatments over the last few years mean more people can be cured of the condition and Scotland is known as a world leader in Hepatitis C treatment and care.

Grant Sugden, Chief Executive of Waverley Care, said “With Hepatitis C often causing few, if any, symptoms, testing is the sure fire way to know your status. That’s why it is so important for people who think they may be at risk to come forward.”

He added “Waverley Care offers testing in several areas across Scotland and this can be carried out wherever people feel comfortable. We know that diagnosis is accompanied by many different thoughts and feelings and there are many services available which offer emotional and practical support.”

Learn more about Hepatitis C or visit the campaign website at www.HepCScot.org