New campaign targets hepatitis
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.