Inclusion Recovery Hampshire (IRH) has a specialist Hep C outreach and support service called Hep C Hants P2P – P2P is short for peer-to-peer.
We know it’s important, we act like it’s important; we offer BBV tests and vaccinations to everyone who enters our service!
Hep C Hants P2P is a peer-to-peer Hepatitis C mentoring project that was set up in 2012 in partnership with The Hepatitis C Trust. All of our mentors have lived experience with Hepatitis C, meaning they’ve all come into contact with the virus at some point.
Hep c treatment was the inspiration I needed to come off my 35yr drug habit. I felt empowered and clear headed enough to take the plunge!
What is Hepatitis C?
Hepatitis C is a blood borne virus that primarily affects the liver. It can often have no symptoms for many years so people will not necessarily know they have come into contact with it. Around 20% of people who come in to contact with hepatitis C do not go on to develop the virus, this is called spontaneous clearance (natural). Some of our mentors have cleared the virus this way and others have had treatment. Our mentors deliver presentations interspersing their own experiences with key messages, risk factors and treatment options. Our aim is to increase awareness, testing and treatment, with patients being offered on-going support. We also try and reduce the stigma, and myths that surrounds Hepatitis C and blood borne viruses in general. Some of our mentors are also part of the âIâm Worthâ national campaign and have videos on www.imworth.co.uk
Light at the end of the tunnel. FREEDOM from hep c
What support does Hep C Hants P2P offer?
All of Inclusion Recovery Hampshire hubs have a named mentor that can support patients and staff. All of our mentors have extensive training and provide talks and presentations to their peers and professionals with the aim of increasing awareness and testing for hepatitis C.
Our P2p mentors support individuals through the whole journey from the point of encouraging initial testing, providing harm minimisation information, to a positive result, making referrals to local hepatology units right through to the end of treatment.
At several hubs we have support groups running alongside hepatology outreach clinics and we can now offer patients hepatitis C treatment mainly from their local hub. All hubs have a nurse that can vaccinate patients for Hepatitis B; this is 3 injections normally, a month apart then a booster a year after. There is no vaccination for Hepatitis C or HIV.
People who had cleared the Hep C virus helped me to find the courage to get treated