A man from Swindon has shared his story of how he overcame hepatitis C, as he helps to support a national campaign.
Kelvin Marshall had no idea he had the virus until he became seriously ill and was admitted to hospital.
Kelvin ended up needing a liver transplant. He believes he'd been living with the virus for more than 30 years.
Listen to his story here:
The I'm Worth campaign hopes to empower people living with hepatitis to access care and services.
Hepatitis C is a virus that can infect the liver. If left untreated, it can sometimes cause serious and life-threatening damage.
According to the NHS, the infection can be spread in the following ways:
- Sharing unsterilised needles – particularly needles used to inject recreational drugs.
- Sharing razors or toothbrushes.
- From a pregnant woman to her unborn baby.
- Through unprotected sex – although this is very rare.
Stigma stops thousands of people with hepatitis C accessing care in England. The campaign aims to highlight that it doesn’t matter how someone catches hepatitis C, only that they get treated.
Hepatitis C affects around 214,000 people in the UK and half of those are unaware they have it.