Hepatitis Awareness

Glasgow Central Mosque is pleased to work in partnership with The Hepatitis C Trust to raise awareness in a drive to tackle this “hidden” epidemic.

Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus which can cause fatal liver damage and cancer. There are around 34,500 people chronically infected with hepatitis C in Scotland. Hepatitis C is often called a “hidden” epidemic because the virus does not cause obvious symptoms and most people lack awareness of the disease. In Scotland, approximately 15,500 (45% of the total) people living with hepatitis C have yet to be diagnosed. Hepatitis C is more common in some ethnic minorities, including the South Asian community. The virus is transferred through blood-to-blood contact, where poor sterilisation practices in some South Asian countries mean there is a higher prevalence among this community.

If you have any queries, concerns or for further support please contact The Hepatitis C Trust Helpline on 020 7089 6221 (10:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday) or or email helpline@hepctrust.org.uk.

 

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