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28 July marks World Hepatitis Day. Worldwide, almost 300 million people are living with viral hepatitis unaware.

EB Inglis chats to Tiara Deans, Founder and Chair of Hepatitis Foundation South Africa about the importance of Hepatitis awareness as part of World Hepatitis Day.

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Hepatitis is an infection of the liver. It's a blood-borne virus... B is sexually transmitted whereas C is purely blood-borne.

Tiara Deans, Founder and Chair of Hepatitis Foundation South Africa

People think it's only drugs... with needles and so on. But if you've had tattoos - and I'm talking about before 1990 - tattoos, dental work, vaccinations. If you were in the army in the 80s, that type of thing.

Tiara Deans, Founder and Chair of Hepatitis Foundation South Africa

It's very serious... It's terrible because 9/10 people don't know that they actually have the virus.

Tiara Deans, Founder and Chair of Hepatitis Foundation South Africa

With no awareness in South Africa, we need to get on to a platform where we can start raising awareness and people start taking notice.

Tiara Deans, Founder and Chair of Hepatitis Foundation South Africa

Listen to the full interview in the audio clip, below

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