Health alert on hepatitis

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STAFF from a South Yorkshire health trust will be taking an important message to the streets of Rotherham on a world awareness day.

Workers from Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust have organised an information stall in Rotherham on Wednesday, July 27, to mark World Hepatitis Day.

They want to raise awareness of the condition so people seek treatment earlier and do not pass the infection on.

The staff will be located in the pedestrian area near to Boots and the indoor market.

Matt Pollard, RDaSH service manager for Rotherham drug and alcohol services, said: “IV drug users are a high-risk group when it comes to hepatitis. Prevalence is high and the virus survives well outside the human body so it can be transmitted on items that people share where there is blood exchange, even of small quantities.

“If drug users are not yet able to stop injecting altogether, we would like them to at least make sure they do not share any of their equipment.”