Health Check: Fight against silent epidemic


When Shabana Begum visited Pakistan as a teenager she had no idea that an injection from a re-used needle had given her Hepatitis C. Years later back in the UK she's now had successful treatment and is spreading the word about the 'silent' virus.

Professor Graham Foster from Barts & the London Hospital says her story is typical of many south Asian immigrants in the UK. With permission from the Imam, he's taken Hepatitis C screening campaigns into mosques. The infection usually displays no symptoms so people wouldn't otherwise get themselves tested.

Five thousand people have come forward for testing and Professor Foster hopes to broaden the screening programme to the rest of England.

Hepatitis C Trust

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