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Women’s awareness

Women’s Awareness

When it comes to haemophilia, patients are predominantly male with women being carriers of the disorder. However a vast proportion of our membership are people with von Willebrands disease, many of them women. Talking Red is our flagship campaign raising much-needed awareness of bleeding disorders among the female community.

Talking Red

The Haemophilia Society UK’s campaign to get women talking about bleeding disorders

A bleeding disorder is a serious lifelong condition often requiring daily treatment and specialist care. There is a lot of misunderstanding about bleeding disorders and many people don’t know that women are affected too. In fact, tens of thousands of women across the UK are living with the symptoms of a bleeding disorder without even knowing it.

The Talking Red campaign was launched to make women more aware of the symptoms of a bleeding disorder – heavy periods, bruising easily and prolonged bleeding after a procedure or childbirth – and to promote better understanding of what it means to live with such a condition.

Bleeding disorders can’t be cured but there is effective treatment available, so our message is get Talking Red to help the thousands of women who are suffering in silence. We need your ongoing support to reach the tens of thousands of women unaware they have a bleeding disorder. We are now in the fourth year of Talking Red, and thanks to the fantastic support of women across the country we have spread the message right across the UK, but we have lots more to do. This year Talking Red is going to be bigger and better so please join us.

Our first Talking Red awareness week

Our first Talking Red awareness week was packed full of activities and culminated in Red Knickers Night on June 21, Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year. Lots of our supporters also got involved in the first Paint it RED event. Family, friends and workmates got together to paint their nails red to show their support for the campaign. Nurses and doctors did their bit too by displaying informaton and Talking Red to colleagues and patients.

Get involved

It’s not too late to get involved in Talking Red 2017 and help us raise awareness of bleeding disorders in women. You can even download some of the Talking Red materials to use at your event.

We’d love you to host your own event with your friends, either Paint it RED or Red Knickers Night, to help spread the message about bleeding disorders in women. You can request your campaign pack here.

If you use social media please spread the word to all your friends and family by using #TalkingRed, you can also download our selfie message and Facebook banner. Or you could help by putting up posters and sharing our Talking Red leaflet with friends, colleagues etc. You will find all the materials you need on the downloads page or feel free to get in touch.

Thanks for getting involved, and don’t forget to text TRED16 £3 to 70070.

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