September 13, 2019
It’s thought up to 95,600 people in the UK are living with hepatitis C (HCV) without realising, Public Health England (PHE) has warned.
95,000 Brits May Be Unaware They Have Life-Threatening Hepatitis C Infection
The health body is urging anyone who believes they may have been at risk of contracting hepatitis C, especially if they have ever injected drugs, to get tested.
If left untreated, the bloodborne virus can cause life-threatening liver disease including cancer.
However, those infected often have no symptoms until decades later when their liver has been badly damaged. When symptoms do occur, they can often be mistaken for other conditions.Hepatitis C is spread through blood-to-blood contact, most commonly in the UK by sharing needles contaminated with the virus. Sharing razors or toothbrushes with an infected person could also pass on the virus.
Latest estimates suggest that around 143,000 people in the UK are living with chronic HCV infection in 2018, yet up to two thirds (95,600) of may not know it, preventing them from getting life-saving treatment. If you are concerned, contact your GP.
Dr Helen Harris, senior scientist at PHE, said: “Hepatitis C can have devastating consequences but most cases can be cured if detected in time, which is why it’s so important to find and treat those who may be infected.”
There are now a range of new treatments available to cure HCV and progress is being made to eliminate it as a major public health threat by 2030 at the latest.
There has been a 19% fall in deaths reported from serious HCV-related liver disease between 2015 and 2018 (from 468 to 380), with a more than 20% drop in the number of people living with HCV infection within the same period.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) target to reduce HCV-related mortality has been exceeded three years early in the UK.
Rachel Halford, chief executive of The Hepatitis C Trust, said: “Whilst it is encouraging that the estimated number of people living with hepatitis C is coming down thanks to the successful roll-out of DAA treatments, it is concerning that latest estimates suggest that around two thirds of those remaining could be living with undiagnosed infection.
“It is therefore essential that we increase diagnoses to ensure we achieve elimination by 2030 at the latest.”Related... Why Are Sexually Transmitted Infections On The Rise In The Over 50s? GP ‘Did Not Have Heart’ To Tell Man He Was Infected With Contaminated Blood Two Diagnosed With HIV After Receiving ‘Vampire Facials’ At Beauty Spa
Related Stories
Latest News
Top news around the world
Coronavirus Disease

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

Around the World

Celebrity News

> Latest News in Media

Watch It
L.A. Partiers Skirt Garcetti's Utility Shut-Off Threat, Rage in a Lot | TMZ
August 08, 2020
RD5op6ttaiE
Justin & Hailey Bieber Get Baptized Together | TMZ
August 07, 2020
n3FrYqYlE1w
Jerry O'Connell Says Homeschooling Math Looks Like a 'Hawking Equation' | TMZ
August 07, 2020
DjujtWWuKJ8
Terry Dubrow reveals how his family supported Max Dubrow after she came out | Page Six News
August 07, 2020
jGFWV9dRA-E
Jason Derulo reacts to Trump’s proposal to ban TikTok | Page Six Celebrity News
August 07, 2020
uZtGjC8pBMU
Maya Vander teases drama on Season 3 of ‘Selling Sunset’ | Page Six Celebrity News
August 06, 2020
uEdNhptqBaE
E! Will Always Love Whitney Houston: E! News Rewind
August 08, 2020
XoqAt7LSV-w
Kanye West Adorably Dances With North as Kim Kardashian Laughs
August 08, 2020
NIv6RXWrtKU
Celebrity Houses We'd Love to Quarantine In
August 07, 2020
Bg6aiND2PFs
'A Thousand Cuts' Journalist Maria Ressa on Freedom of the Press
August 06, 2020
FEI1t5k1C4w
Jordan Fisher on 'The Big Ticket' with Marc Malkin
August 06, 2020
1ceuwyhbuwc
Chris Meloni talks 'Maxxx' and His Return to 'Law and Order'
July 29, 2020
ZFTDB-dwyUA
TV Schedule
Late Night Show
Watch the latest shows of U.S. top comedians

Sports

Latest sport results, news, videos, interviews and comments
Latest Events
01
Aug
ITALY: Serie A
Juventus - Roma
01
Aug
ITALY: Serie A
AC Milan - Cagliari
01
Aug
ITALY: Serie A
Napoli - Lazio
01
Aug
ITALY: Serie A
Atalanta - Inter Milan
29
Jul
ITALY: Serie A
Torino - Roma
29
Jul
ITALY: Serie A
Cagliari - Juventus
29
Jul
ITALY: Serie A
Sampdoria - AC Milan
28
Jul
ITALY: Serie A
Inter Milan - Napoli
26
Jul
ENGLAND: Premier League
Manchester City - Norwich City
26
Jul
ENGLAND: Premier League
Arsenal - Watford
26
Jul
ENGLAND: Premier League
Leicester City - Manchester United
26
Jul
ITALY: Serie A
Juventus - Sampdoria
26
Jul
ENGLAND: Premier League
Chelsea - Wolves
26
Jul
ENGLAND: Premier League
Newcastle United - Liverpool
26
Jul
ENGLAND: Premier League
Crystal Palace - Tottenham Hotspur
26
Jul
ITALY: Serie A
Roma - Fiorentina
25
Jul
ITALY: Serie A
Napoli - Sassuolo
25
Jul
ITALY: Serie A
Genoa - Inter Milan
24
Jul
ITALY: Serie A
AC Milan - Atalanta
23
Jul
ITALY: Serie A
Udinese - Juventus
22
Jul
ENGLAND: Premier League
Liverpool - Chelsea
22
Jul
ITALY: Serie A
Inter Milan - Fiorentina
22
Jul
ITALY: Serie A
Spal - Roma
Find us on Instagram
at @feedimo to stay up to date with the latest.
Featured Video You Might Like
-g9Qziqbif8 0vmRhiLHE2U JFCZUoa6MYE UfN5PCF5EUo 2PV55f3-UAg W3y9zuI_F64 -7qCxIccihU pQ9gcOoH9R8 g5MRDEXRk4k tudKp5Vhs3k iwWHibhssSo kQr0XHPbICM
Copyright © 2020 Feedimo. All Rights Reserved.