HCV Action launches hepatitis C action week in Cardiff

This week, HCV Action is co-ordinating a hepatitis C ‘action week’ in Cardiff, aimed at raising awareness of the virus in the Cardiff region and sharing best practice from across Wales.

The event is the third and final action week of 2017, following similar event series hosted in Cambridge in May and Leeds in September.

The focus of the action week is a Hepatitis C Good Practice Roadshow, taking place on Friday 8th December in central Cardiff. The roadshow will bring together health professionals, drug service workers, public health specialists and others from across Wales for a day of talks and workshops.

It will feature a range of talks and workshops on topics such as local epidemiology, treatments and possibilities for elimination, and primary care case-finding. The event will also include patient perspectives and good practice case studies from the local area.

HCV Action will also hold an awareness and testing event in a local mosque, delivering key messages about the importance of testing and ease of treatment aimed specifically at the South Asian community, which has a high prevalence of hepatitis C. On-site hepatitis C testing will be available at the event.

The action week also coincides with a Welsh Assembly roundtable co-ordinated jointly between The Hepatitis C Trust and AbbVie. The roundtable will bring together Assembly Members and other Welsh Government officials with a range of health professionals, third sector organisations, and patients to discuss how local health boards can move closer to eliminating hepatitis C.

A limited number of free places for the roadshow are still available and can be booked here. For any press queries or additional information, please contact urte.macikene@hepctrust.org.uk.