Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month is an opportunity for individuals and families as well as Haemophilia Foundations and other organisations to take part in a campaign and activities to raise awareness about haemophilia, von Willebrand disease and related inherited bleeding disorders around Australia.
People with bleeding disorders, such as haemophilia, are at a higher risk of contracting blood-borne viruses like viral hepatitis. This is due to frequent blood transfusions, which can lack appropriate screening in certain countries around the world. Because of this, there is a high percentage of chronic hepatitis C-infected haemophilia patients globally. However, direct-acting anti-virals have proven very successful in eliminating the hepatitis C virus in patients with comorbid haemophilia and are considered a first-line treatment.
In addition to this, the liver is the primary site of blood coagulation Factor VIII and Factor IX synthesis – factors that help our blood clot. Therefore it is considered that the liver is vital in understanding bleeding disorders.
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