One of the most common misconceptions about hepatitis B and C is that they are transmitted through saliva and sharing food. One of the most commonly asked questions is whether hepatitis is the same as HIV. And many people mistakenly think there is a vaccination for hepatitis C.
These are just some of the many issues Hepatitis SA educators help to clarify in their information and training sessions.
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Misinformation has reared its ugly head again as South Australians waded into the debate over the Du Plessis ball tampering drama.
The South African cricket captain’s controversial habit of polishing the ball with his saliva earned him a fine, and raised a storm of letters to The Advertiser. Among them was one titled “Dirty Saliva”, from Robert McRitchie, which proclaimed dramatically, and wrongly, that “SALIVA is a perfect medium for transmission of infectious viral diseases such as HIV and hepatitis C, just to name two.”
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In this information age it is ironic that credible, reliable information can sometimes be hard to find in the tsunami of results from online searches.
Separating the reliable, evidence-based information from the “alternative” facts can be challenging.
The good news is, if you’re looking for hepatitis-related information in Australia, there’s just one place online you need to visit.
Continue reading “Stigma, Treatment, Policy – Pick your topic at Hep SA’s library”