Hepatitis C Strategy 2018-2020

Worldwide, 300 million people are unaware they are living with viral hepatitis and it is estimated that 60,000 people in London have been exposed to hepatitis C. Without finding the undiagnosed and linking them to care, millions will continue to suffer, and lives will be lost. On World Hepatitis Day, 28 July, we call on people from across the world to take action, raise awareness and join in the quest to find the “missing millions”.

As Blenheim’s contribution to the campaign and the World Health Organisation’s target to eliminate hepatitis C by 2030, today, 27th July, we are launching our Hepatitis C Strategy 2018 – 2020.

The strategy focuses on the front-line work with service users to raise awareness, prevention, support to get tested, access into treatment and support to maintain treatment.

Last year 92% of Blenheim’s new service users that inject drugs or have previously injected drugs had a hepatitis C test. Our aim by 2020 is to test 100% of new service users.

Alongside this we are also continuing our campaigning, working closely with other organisations such as the London Joint Working Group on Substance Use and Hepatitis C who recently held a very successful pharmacy trial, and the Hepatitis C Coalition.

After living with hepatitis C for many years Marcus has finally received treatment, is cured and has a new lease of life.

“In 1997 I was diagnosed with hepatitis C but back then there was nothing they could do about it, so I just had to live with it.

I started taking drugs in prison but the last time I came out I was determined not to go back again. I was lucky enough to get a room at Latch House. It was a roof over my head and the programme there was the best thing that every happened to me.

I got the right help when I needed it and I got the real deal from Blenheim, help to get my life back. I’ve got the tools to live a normal life now. I’m a musician, I’ve got my recording studio, my instruments and it’s my pride and joy.

I had to wait to 20 years to get the tablets to treat my hepatitis C but now I’ve cleared the virus and kicked my addiction. I still go to Lorraine Hewitt House for support and my script, I know they will be there for me if I need it.

I’ve got my family, my sister is there for me and I’m getting high on life.

Today is a gift.”

Marcus

Read more about our campaign to eliminate hepatitis C.

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