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Awareness campaign highlights blood disease-Brighton Argus

Posted: 16-Aug-2005 << BACK

Awareness campaign highlights blood disease - Brighton Argus 13th August 2005

A CAMPAIGN has been launched to raise awareness of the disease hepatitis C.
Former councillor Nimrod Ping helped unveil a two-day exhibition in Brighton
organised by the Department of Health. Giant three metre-high photos of Mr Ping
and other people who are living with the condition were on show outside Churchill
Square shopping centre. About 200,000 people in England have chronic hepatitis C
infection and most are unaware of their condition. Mr Ping, 45, who was on the old
Brighton Borough Council, said: I was diagnosed with hepatitis C in the late
nineties and although I dont know exactly how I got it I do have a tattoo and
piercings, which I suspect may have been given using unsterile equipment. However,
with support from friends and family, I am now able to live life to the full. The
hepatitis C information line is 0800 451451, open from 10am to 10pm, seven days a
week, for confidential information and advice. More information is available at
picture : Andrea Wright