Question: How did one actor’s family tragedy initiate a passion for campaigning for a change in the treatment of hepatitis? Answer: For Sadie Frost, the premature death of her father from hepatitis C inspired her to start campaigning with passion.
Viral hepatitis is one of the most underestimated diseases on the planet. It is the eighth leading cause of death worldwide, with the same mortality rate as HIV/AIDS. Over 500 million people worldwide are living with chronic hepatitis B or C.
Hepatitis C is the single biggest threat to the health of HIV positive gay men on the party scene. It’s the elephant in the room. Men don’t like talking about it. There’s a stigma attached to it that is far worse than HIV, says Robert Fieldhouse, Editor, BASELINE magazine.
Hepatitis C is a blood-borne viral infection that affects the liver. A liver-friendly diet is therefore central to its effective management and to improved quality of life for patients, says top celebrity chef and food writer, Gizzi Erskine.
Long-term consequences of hepatitis C include cirrhosis or scarring of the liver and up to one in 25 of these cases go on to develop liver cancer. Fortunately, several medicines have been developed in recent years to clear the virus for good from the body, and the prospects are getting better all the time.