Youth unite to fight Hep C

As part of Youth week, space aliens and superheroes have been recruited to promote the prevention of hepatitis C among young people.
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The South Western Sydney Local Health District launched anew interactive campaign called Blood Battles, which includes a phone app and comic.

The district’s Hepatology staff specialistJoe Lawlersaid almost 10 hepatitis C infections were reported in NSW every day.

“Research shows that many people are unaware of the risks, so local young peoplecreated a comic and a fast-paced mobile phone game to get the message out,” Dr Lawlersaid.

“Hepatitis C is spread by blood to blood contact, so it’s important for everyone to beblood aware.

“Unsterile tattooing, piercing, injecting and steroid use are all risk factors for transmittingblood borne viruses.”

He said new and effective hepatits C treatments became available in Australia last month.

“However, prevention is better than cure, so I applaud these young people for developingthe Blood Battles project,” Dr Lawler said.

Blood Battles can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store or Google Play, from 15 April. Comic books are available at youth health centres and other youth services, or by calling 8738 5945.

The project was made possible byHepatitis CEducation and Prevention funding granted to the district.

Meanwhile, Liverpool Hospitalwill mark the 10 year anniversary of Close the Gap day todaywith the launch of the District wide Close the Gap Report Card.

The report card is a health snapshot that identifies physical and lifestyle health risks within south western Sydney’s Aboriginal population, helping the district target programs to address these areas.

SWSLHD Aboriginal Health Director Nathan Jones said after 10 years, positive change is happening.

“Today the rate of Aboriginal children fully immunised at 12 months is almost on par with that of non-Aboriginal children,” Mr Jones said.

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