A new multilingual video to educate people about hepatitis C testing and treatment has been launched.
A new multilingual video to educate people from diverse communities about hepatitis C testing and treatment has been launched.
Developed by the Multicultural HIV and Hepatitis Service, the new video is part of the ‘Live free of hepatitis C’ campaign aimed to provide diverse communities with information about the benefits of testing for hepatitis C and the new treatments which cure it.
“It’s an exciting and challenging time to be working in the area of hepatitis C with the advent of breakthroughs in the treatment of hepatitis C. The new treatments mean that people can be cured of hepatitis C with little or no side effects,” said Sydney Local Health District’s Acting General Manager of Population Health, Renée Moreton.
The ‘Live free of hepatitis C’ campaign aims to raise awareness of hepatitis C, the importance of testing and the availability of a cure among Arabic, Chinese-speaking and Vietnamese communities.
The videos feature real people sharing their story about living with hepatitis C, undertaking treatment and being cured and debunk common myths about hepatitis C.
While the new treatments continue to dramatically reshape the hepatitis C landscape in Australia, challenges remain to make the health system more responsive to the needs of all people including those from diverse cultural backgrounds, according to Senior Staff Specialist at the RPA Hospital AW Morrow Gastro and Liver Centre, Associate Professor Simone Strasser.
“We have now treated almost a quarter of all people living with hepatitis C nationally. But there are big gaps.
“About 20 per cent of people living with hepatitis C in Australia contracted it from ways other than injecting drug use. It could have been from an operation, blood products, a procedure, a dental treatment, or tattoo in their country of birth where non-sterile techniques were used. It is a very, very common scenario in people from migrant communities living with hepatitis C here,” A/Professor Strasser said.
“We need to get the message out that testing for hepatitis C is just a simple blood test. If you think you could possibly have it, get a blood test. If you’ve got it, you can have 8 to 12 weeks of tablets and get cured. So, it is a really, really important message”.
Multilingual ‘Live free of hepatitis C’ campaign posters, wallet cards, and videos are available at http://mhahs.org.au/index.php/en/hepatitis/live-free-of-hepatitis-c-multilingual-resources .