Hepatitis is a disease which causes inflammation of the liver. There are many causes including viral infection. Left untreated, it can lead to serious illness and death.
Sunday 28 JULY is World Hepatitis Day.
The theme this year is ‘Find the Missing Millions’.
It responds to the 9 out of 10 people, across the world, living with viral hepatitis who are unaware.
There are three common kinds of Hepatitis - A, B and C. They may be present without symptoms.
Our leaflet provides more information.
In Scotland, around 4,000 of the 9,000 people estimated to have a chronic Hepatitis B infection have been diagnosed (source: Hepatitis Scotland).
It is estimated that approximately 37,000 individuals are chronically infected with Hepatitis C ( Hepatitis C in the UK: Annual Report, 2014, Health Protection Agency).
Many of them unaware they are carrying the virus (source: Hepatitis Scotland).
There is detailed information on the Hepatitis Scotland website too. It is the national voluntary sector organisation funded by the Scottish Government to help improve responses to viral hepatitis prevention, treatment and support.
To find out more about the World Hepatitis Day campaign, please visit the campaign website.