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Hepatitis Queensland - World Hepatitis Day: Free Events & Activities

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Hepatitis Queensland Inc. is a not-for-profit, non-government, community organisation, which offers support to Queenslanders affected by, or at risk of Viral Hepatitis

Worldwide 400 million people are living with hepatitis B or C.

Every year 1.4 million people die from viral hepatitis and yet all of these deaths could be prevented. With better awareness and understanding of how we can prevent hepatitis we can eliminate this disease and save 4,000 lives a day.

  • In Queensland, 37, 427 people are living with hepatitis B

  • In Queensland 68, 332 people have been exposed to hepatitis C

  • Treatment is available for both hepatitis B and C

  • Without urgent action, there will be an increase in serious liver disease including liver cancer, liver cirrhosis and liver failure, and more Australian lives lost to viral hepatitis.

    It's #TimeForAction on hepatitis B and C. Together we must prevent, test, check and treat hepatitis in order to stop the more than 1,000 Australian lives lost each year to serious liver disease.

    About hepatitis B

  • Hepatitis B is transmitted through blood-to-blood contact or unprotected sexual contact. A pregnant woman with chronic hepatitis B can transmit the virus to her baby.

  • While vaccination rates are high among people born in Australia, they remain low among many people born overseas. Hepatitis B is endemic in Asia Pacific and Africa and in some remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

  • The best protection against hepatitis B is to get vaccinated. For those living with chronic hepatitis B, ongoing monitoring and treatment provides the best protection against the development of liver disease and liver cancer.

    About hepatitis C

  • Hepatitis C is transmitted through blood-to-blood contact. Approximately 80 per cent of current infections and 90 per cent of new infections are thought to result from unsafe injecting drug use. Hepatitis C can also be contracted through unsafe tattooing and body piercing practices.

  • There is no vaccine to protect against hepatitis C but the infection can be treated, and, in many cases, cured.

    To help raise awareness of viral hepatitis, Hepatitis Queensland is supporting a range of events to coincide with World Hepatitis Day (WHD) on Tuesday 28th July.

    WHD is an annual event observed by the World Hepatitis Alliance and its member organisations. The 2015 Queensland theme is "Time to Act"

    Awareness events are happening all around Queensland for WHD, from BBQ's, exhibitions, pop up lunches and street soccer. To find out what events are happening near you, visit www.hepqld.asn.au and join our electronic email network the c-network to keep up to date with information. by emailing hco@hepqld.asn.au or call the info line on 1800 648 491

    For more information on WHD, contact Sam White via email programsupport@hepqld.asn.au or 3846 0020.

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    When: 25th July- 4th August
    Where: Multiple locations-National Awareness Day
    Cost: Free
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