World Hepatitis Day

World Hepatitis Day is marked globally on 28 July.

Hep can't wait


In 2021 the theme is hep can't wait, reminding us that we need to be proactive and act on viral hepatitis. For people with bleeding disorders, this includes knowing your hep C status, having treatment to cure hep C, where possible, and following up on liver health after treatment.

On World Hepatitis Day we work towards the worldwide goal of eliminating viral hepatitis by 2030.

In Australia many people with bleeding disorders acquired hepatitis C from their plasma-derived clotting factor treatment products or other blood products before 1993. Several safety measures were introduced by 1993 and the risk of bloodborne viruses from plasma-derived clotting factor products in Australia is now considered to be extremely low. But many people in our community live on with the consequences of those early infections.
 

A NOHEP FUTURE


Imagine a future without hepatitis C. Can we achieve this in the Australian bleeding disorders community?

New revolutionary hepatitis C treatments are widely available in Australia.

  • Very high cure rates 
  • Tablets not injections
  • Few if any side effects.

PERSONAL STORIES


Australians with bleeding disorders have been cured of hep C. Hear what they have to say about their experience.
 
Gavin Finkelstein Finally cured of hep C!
 
Read Gavin's story

Watch the video of Len and Paul's story


 


Have you been cured of hep C?

Has your liver has recovered from hep C?
Don’t wait to find out. Call your hepatitis specialist to check your liver test results.
Know if you need ongoing follow-up for your liver health.

 
It’s important to check that you don't need ongoing follow-up with a liver specialist.  For example, if you have cirrhosis or extensive scarring and have successful treatment, you will still need ongoing care of your liver.
 
 

Do you have hepatitis C?


You can't wait - find out if you are at risk for hep C

Many Australians with bleeding disorders and hep C have had treatment and been cured – but some may not even know they have hep C.

Woman walking on the beach Women can have hep C too!

Read Mary Jane's story
 

You could be at risk

 

Don't put it off!

  • Find out your hep C status if you don't know 
  • Hep C can be cured. Treatment is simple
  • Ask your doctor if you need ongoing liver health monitoring if you have been cured

WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO?

  • Start the conversation - if you know someone who might have hep C and doesn't know, or hasn't taken up treatment yet, or has been cured but may need ongoing liver checks
As a Partner in the national World Hepatitis Day Campaign, HFA works  with Hepatitis Australia and State and Territory Foundations on the annual national awareness campaign and is committed to making a difference on hepatitis C in Australia.
 

MORE INFORMATION

Visit the national World Hepatitis Day website

Read more about treatment and people with bleeding disorders on the HFA website

Read more about curing hep C on the Hepatitis Australia website


Date last reviewed: 27 July 2021
Important Note: This information was developed by Haemophilia Foundation Australia for education and information purposes only and does not replace advice from a treating health professional. Always see your health care provider for assessment and advice about your individual health before taking action or relying on published information.
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