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Lanarkshire prepares for World Hepatitis Day on July 28

Written by Eddie Docherty.
 
 
 
 
 
Published at 12:23 GMT on Thursday, July 25th, 2013.

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Picture: NHS Lanarkshire logo.
 
On 28 July a group of young people will take part in a national World Guinness Book of Records attempt to get as many people as possible in the ‘three wise monkeys’ pose.

The local event has been organised by NHS Lanarkshire’s Blood Borne Viruses (BBV) Networks to help promote World Hepatitis Day which falls on Sunday 28 July.

World Hepatitis Day is an annual event that provides international focus for patient groups and people living with hepatitis B and C.

To tackle the stigma and negative perceptions that persist around hepatitis, the main message is “This is hepatitis... Know it. Confront it”, which is being delivered through the message of the three wise monkeys.

Trish Tougher, NHS Lanarkshire’s BBV Networks manager, who is overseeing the campaign in Lanarkshire, said: “The three wise monkeys are associated with a reluctance to see, hear or speak about important things that are going on around them.

“We want to get the message across that hepatitis is an issue individuals, families and communities across Lanarkshire need to be aware of and that we’d like them to show their support for the many people in Lanarkshire who are living with or affected by hepatitis.
 
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“In addition to the world record attempt, the network also intends to have awareness stands each with a giant seven foot red coloured ‘C’ on display in Hairmyres Hospital, Wishaw General Hospital, Monklands Hospital and the Asda stores in Motherwell, Hamilton, Coatbridge and Cumbernauld in the week running up to 28 July.

“The events will not only help us raise awareness of hepatitis but also make people aware of the support services which are available to help those with hepatitis and help prevent the spread of infection.”

The first World Hepatitis Day took place in 2008 in an attempt to highlight an issue that did not have the same level of public awareness as diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

Around 18,000 of the 38,000 people living with Hepatitis C in Scotland remain undiagnosed. Although symptoms may not appear for many years, the Hepatitis C virus can cause damage to the liver – potentially leading to cirrhosis, cancer and death.

If you would like to find out more about hepatitis visit www.hepatitisscotland.org

You can also contact NHS Lanarkshire’s Harm Reduction Team on 01236 441067 /South Outreach Team on 07884 454 961 or North Outreach Team on 07810 153 940.
 
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