As part of our 2013 World Hepatitis Day activities, AIVL is encouraging people who are or have been injecting drug users to think about having a Fibroscan. “What’s a Fibroscan?” we hear you say? Well funny you should ask – they’re an easy, non-invasive and quick way to check the overall health of your liver and AIVL just happens to have a brand new fact sheet that will answer all your basic questions on having a Fibroscan. If you already know you have chronic hep C infection but have never had a Fibroscan to check out the state of your liver, you should definitely think about getting one done. If you would like to know more about Fibroscans and where to get them click here to access AIVL’s new fact sheet: “Fibroscans or Transient Elastography and Why We Love Them!”
If you are not sure about whether you have ever been exposed to hep C or don’t know if you are still infected, you should get tested to find out. Want more info on hep C testing? Why not check out AIVL’s new hep C testing booklet? It can help you figure whether you should be tested for hep C and if you decide to get tested, provide you with the information to understand the various tests and how to manage your test result. If you would like to know more about hep C testing click here to access AIVL’s new booklet: “Testing 1,2,3… Hepatitis C Testing for Injecting Drug Users”.
Want even more info about hepatitis C and injecting drug use? Check out AIVL’s new fact sheets on our ‘Hep C Fact Sheets’ page written by and for injecting drug users on the issues that really matter to us:
- Hep C Treatments Update
- Help with Blood Tests With Damaged Veins
- Hepatitis C & Your Diet
- Women and Hep C Treatment
- Hep C and You – Who Needs to Know?
- What is Sustained Virological Response (SVR) and Why it is Good!
- Managing the Side Effects of Hepatitis C Combination and Triple Therapy Regimes
- Hepatitis C Drug Developments
- Making Treatment Decisions
- Hep C and Opioid Induced Constipation
- Fibro Scans or Transient Elastography and Why we Love Them!
- A Quick Guide to Virological Testing During Treatment
- Life After Treatment
“Hep C-Ciety” is growing all the time so make sure you visit regularly to stay up-to-date. Hep C mostly affects the injecting drug using community. Let’s take control of hep C – get informed, know our rights and refuse to let ourselves be killed by shame and stigma! World Hepatitis Day – a day for injecting drug users to tackle hep C and take back our health and rights!
Below is a collection of other relevant and interesting documents, reports and video to view for World Hepatitis Day 2013.
- AIVL Media Release: And now for the REAL THING… Injecting Drug Users Call for Action on Hep C (PDF 40Kb)
AIVL Discrimination and Stigma Video
- INPUD Media Release: Defuse the hepatitis C “time bomb”; end the war on people who use drugs
- ANPUD Media Release: Living with an incurable infection, Dying with a curable infection (PDF, 125 Kb)
- Please Sign Petition – Test and Treat Hepatitis C Now – Petition to force the World Health Organisation to take Action!
- Vocal NY and TAG Press Release: Test and Treat Now Protest Outside WHO
- Global Commission on Drug Policy Website
- Global Commission on Drug Policy Report – The Negative Impact of the War on Drugs on Public Health: The Hidden Hepatitis C Epidemic (PDF, 4.2 Mb)
- World Drug Report 2013 (PDF, 12 Mb)