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Testing time for MP on awareness day

PUBLISHED: 18:28 28 May 2008 | UPDATED: 14:51 25 August 2010

AN MP took a hepatitis B and C test to help raise awareness that approximately one in 12 of the world population are infected with the virus.

AN MP took a hepatitis B and C test to help raise awareness that approximately one in 12 of the world population are infected with the virus.

Erith and Thamesmead MP John Austin took part in the event on the first ever World Hepatitis Day on Saturday, May 19.

Hepatitis C is often known as the 'silent killer' as people can live with it undiagnosed and without symptoms for many years.

Mr Austin said: "I am delighted to show my support for World Hepatitis Day by getting a test. It is staggering that almost 500 million people in the world have hepatitis B or C. These are serious diseases which kill 1.5 million people a year. Worldwide the great majority of those infected are unaware of their status.

"If you think you may have been at risk of contracting either hepatitis B or C, then ask your GP for a test.

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