New cam­paign tar­gets hep­ati­tis

Solihull News - - JULIAN KNIGHT MP -

A COUN­CIL part­ner is push­ing a month- long cam­paign to raise aware­ness of hep­ati­tis in Soli­hull af­ter fig­ures re­vealed a ris­ing num­ber of deaths due to liver dis­ease.

The Soli­hull In­te­grated Ad­dic­tion Ser­vice ( SIAS) will be pro­mot­ing tests for the con­di­tion through­out June, as well as draw­ing at­ten­tion to vac­ci­na­tion and treat­ment op­tions.

There are a num­ber of dif­fer­ent types of hep­ati­tis, which causes in­flam­ma­tion of a per­son’s liver and in chronic cases can cause life- threat­en­ing con­di­tions such as liver can­cer and cir­rho­sis.

SIAS, a part­ner­ship which is con­tracted by Soli­hull Coun­cil to pro­vide a sub­stance mis­use ser­vice in the bor­ough, works with groups who may of­ten be at in­creased risk of the dis­ease.

Hep­ati­tis B and C are spread through in­fected flu­ids, in­clud­ing blood, and there­fore pose a sig­nif­i­cant risk to those drug users who share nee­dles.

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