If you’ve in­jected, get tested

Rutherglen Reformer - - Business News -

NHS La­nark­shire are urg­ing peo­ple in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang who think they might be at risk of Hepi­ti­tis to get tested.

Their Blood Borne Virus team es­ti­mate around 2000 peo­ple in La­nark­shire could be com­pletely un­aware they are suf­fer­ing from the dis­ease.

Hep­ati­tis is a con­di­tion found in the blood that car­ri­ers can be obliv­i­ous to as it can have no ob­vi­ous symp­toms, but if un­de­tected can lead to se­vere liver dam­age in­clud­ing liver fail­ure.

How­ever, if caught early, a very high per­cent­age of peo­ple who are car­ri­ers can be com­pletely cured.

NHS La­nark­shire is sup­port­ing the ‘ Ever in­jected? Get Tested’ cam­paign which is tar­get­ing those deemed most at risk.

This in­cludes peo­ple who are cur­rently in­ject­ing drugs or have a history of in­ject­ing drugs and peo­ple who are or have in­jected steroids or other body im­age or per­for­mance en­hanc­ing drugs, in­clud­ing tan­ning prod­ucts.

The cam­paign is also tar­get­ing those who re­ceived a blood trans­fu­sion or blood prod­ucts prior to 1991, who have not al­ready been tested for hep­ati­tis C.

Tr­ish Tougher, NHS La­nark­shire BBV net­works man­ager said: “There’s a lot of stigma around hep­ati­tis but it’s a very treat­able dis­ease. The sooner some­one finds out they have the con­di­tion, the bet­ter chance we have of erad­i­cat­ing it com­pletely.”

Dr John Lo­gan, NHS La­nark­shire con­sul­tant in public health medicine, added: “We can only give the best pos­si­ble care if we know some­one has the virus.

“There­fore it’s vi­tally im­por­tant peo­ple who have been at risk at any time in their life, get tested.

“It’s also re­ally easy to get tested, just a fin­ger­prick, and we now have ac­cess to a range of treat­ments that can cure nearly ev­ery­one who has the virus.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on hep­ati­tis and to view the video, visit : www. La­nark­shireHIV andHepati­tis.org

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