A few facts:
- There are 5 forms of the virus (A, B & C being most common with D & E being more rare)
- 10 million drug users worldwide have Hepatitis C
- 1.3 million drug users worldwide have Hepatitis B
- Approximatley half of the UK's drug users have been infected with Hepatitis C virus
So, Hepatitis should not be forgotten and can be transmitted, like HIV, via bodily fluids, such as intraveneous drug users and sexual intercourse (however hepatitis is 50 to100 times more infectious than HIV).
Key messages: Be AWARE of Hepatitis, get vaccinated, get tested, get treated.
World Health Organization (WHO) http://www.who.int/topics/hepatitis/en/ (accessed 28/07/11)
BBC News http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-14314347 (accessed 28/07/11)