After a hepatitis C diagnosis, support can be very comforting.
There are more than 200,000 people in the UK living with hepatitis C, but only half of these are diagnosed and as few as 3 per cent are receiving treatment.1 If left untreated, hepatitis C can cause serious or potentially life threatening complications like liver cancer.2 The majority of people living with hepatitis C are from disadvantaged or marginalised communities.
People who inject drugs or have injected them in the past are at the highest risk of becoming infected with hepatitis C. This highlights the importance of ensuring those affected are receiving appropriate support and guidance, to encourage timely diagnosis and the best possible care. Peer support can play a vital role in helping people in this way.
A hepatitis C diagnosis can feel daunting for people suffering with drug or alcohol addiction and taking the first step towards finding support can be challenging. Peer worker Tim Palin knows this first hand, having had direct experience beating his own drug addiction and hepatitis C. Tim now provides support to people trying to make a recovery and acts as a campaign ambassador for I’m Worth…, an empowerment programme for people with hepatitis C in the UK.
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