World Hepatitis Day (WHD) takes place every year on 28 July, bringing the world together under a single theme to raise awareness of the global burden of viral hepatitis and to influence real change. In 2022 the theme is ‘Hepatitis Can’t Wait’.
Visit www.worldhepatitisday.org.au for more information or attend an event below.
Did you know?
- Hepatitis B and hepatitis C are the primary causes of hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer) in Australia.
- Hepatitis B and hepatitis C can be managed in primary care, with effective treatments available for hepatitis B and an effective cure available for hepatitis C, meaning that liver cancer can be prevented!
We have a long way to go when it comes to diagnosing hepatitis B and C! 27% of people living with chronic hepatitis B (CHB) have not been diagnosed, and it is estimated that one in five people living with chronic hepatitis C have not been diagnosed and are unaware of their infection.
The same goes for treatment, with less than 30% of people living with CHB receiving regular care and only half of all people living with hepatitis C at the start of 2016 in Australia had initiated antiviral treatment by the end of 2020.