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Long, Jean (2007) Ballyfermot Drugs Task Force hepatitis C campaign. Drugnet Ireland, Issue 24, Winter 2007, p. 13.

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The Ballyfermot Hepatitis C Campaign is being run to raise awareness of hepatitis C and of the options for its investigation and treatment at appropriate services. As part of the campaign, information booklets were published for three different audiences – active drug users, ex-drug users who injected at some time in the past, and GPs caring for people with hepatitis C. Also part of the campaign, the current issue of d-Talk is a ‘Hepatitis C special’.1 

Each booklet covers issues specific to the target group, but all include information on who is at risk of acquiring hepatitis C, facts about the infection, symptoms of acute hepatitis C, blood tests and other investigations for diagnosing the illness, possibilities for and improvements in treatment, side effects of treatment and requirements in order to start treatment. The active drug users’ booklet has a section on protecting against infection. The ex-drug users’ booklet has an expanded section on personal health. The GPs’ booklet contains some common beliefs among drug users about hepatitis C, and more detailed information on investigation and treatment. 

These booklets present accurate factual information and are useful not only to the immediate target groups but to those living or working with drug users. The booklets can be shared with other taskforce areas with a high prevalence of drug users.


1. The longer we ignore hepatitis C the bigger the problem will get. d-Talk, Autumn 2007, Issue 6. (Produced by Ballyfermot Advance, with support from the Ballyfermot LDTF.)

 For further information and copies of the booklets, please contact: Ballyfermot Advance Project
Le Fanu House,
3b Le Fanu Road
Dublin 10
t: 01 6238001
e: info@ballyfermotadvance.ie

Item Type
Publication Type
Irish-related, Open Access, Article
Drug Type
Intervention Type
Harm reduction
Issue Title
Issue 24, Winter 2007
October 2007
Page Range
p. 13
Health Research Board
Issue 24, Winter 2007
Accession Number
HRB (Available)

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