If you are familiar with NAM’s
patient information materials, hopefully you know about our popular series The basics.
These illustrated leaflets explain key health messages in a straightforward,
Now we’re delighted to announce the publication of four new titles in
the series. These provide key information on hepatitis C, covering:
Hepatitis is one of the most
common co-infections affecting people with HIV. It is passed on in many of the
same ways as HIV and can be the cause of serious health problems. But it is
treatable, and at the moment, there’s a lot of promising research in newer,
better treatments for hepatitis C.
There isn’t much easy-to-read
information on hepatitis C for people with HIV. In particular, there’s almost
no clear and practical information about the sexual transmission of hepatitis C
although it’s an increasing concern for gay men with HIV. And making a decision
about whether to start hepatitis C treatment now can be
difficult, with a number of pros and cons to weigh up.
The leaflets aim to explain
these topics, breaking down complex health information. Each title covers a few key
facts and the simple language and pictures bring the information to life.
These resources are designed to support discussions between health
professionals and people with HIV. If you’re a healthcare worker, you may find
these resources useful for patients or clients who do not have much prior
understanding of HIV and hepatitis, whose first language is not English, who
are less comfortable with written information, or who have lower literacy
Or, as a professional or someone personally affected, you might just
appreciate the simplicity and clarity of these leaflets.
We’re very pleased to have worked in collaboration with The Hepatitis C Trust and the Co-infection Alliance to develop the new
hepatitis C basics, helping us to make
sure we’re providing relevant, accurate information.
We’re very grateful to a range of people who helped us develop these new
leaflets. Staff and patients at the Royal
the Chelsea and Westminster
Hospital, the Royal
St Thomas’ Hospital, the Royal Sussex
and the Terrence Higgins Trust were very generous with their time and gave us
valuable feedback at various stages of the development.
And we’d also like to thank our funders – funding from Janssen, Kevin
Ryan and Wandsworth Oasis made it possible for us to produce and print these
For more information
You can view or download the new hepatitis C basics, and all the other
titles in The basics series, from our resources pages at www.aidsmap.com/resources.
These titles are available in print, so if you would like a print copy,
do get in touch. If you work in a clinic or community organisation in the UK, you can
also join our free booklet scheme. Through the scheme you can order multiple
copies of our booklets and basics. Contact us on 020 7837 6988 or firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
NAM has achieved
certification with the Information
Standard, a quality mark scheme developed by the Department of Health. These
leaflets were also given the Crystal Mark by the Plain English Campaign.
We presented a poster about the development of the original basics series to the International AIDS
Conference in Vienna
– you can download a
PDF version of that poster here.
Do contact us if you have any questions about using The basics,
if you would like to give us feedback on existing titles, suggestions for
future titles, or if you would like to translate or adapt any of them.