NSW Hepatitis Awareness Week 2016 started Monday 25 July and runs until Sunday 31 July, including World Hepatitis Day on Thursday 28 July.
This year’s global, and Australian, theme is ‘NOhep’. By taking advantage of new hep C treatments, and by improving our collective response to hep B, we can all work towards a ‘NOhep’ future.
At the NSW level, Hepatitis NSW has been working closely with the NSW Ministry of Health to promote two key messages for this year’s NSW Hepatitis Awareness Week:
- To increase testing for hep B – because the 44% of people living with chronic hepatitis B who are undiagnosed are missing out on the monitoring and, where necessary, treatment which could save their life, and
- To increase treatment for hep C – because, while thousands of people living with chronic hepatitis C in NSW have already accessed treatment following the PBS listing of new drugs on 1 March and 1 May, there are still tens of thousands more who could benefit from taking advantage of this treatment revolution.