July 28th is World Hepatitis Day

Posted on: July 25, 2018

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This day is dedicated to raising awareness about Hepatitis C, a viral infection that affects the liver.

Many people don’t know they are infected with the hepatitis C virus that can cause liver damage and liver cancer over time.  The Hepatitis C virus is spread from infected blood that comes in contact with another person’s blood.

A blood test can tell if you are infected with the Hepatitis C virus. Speak to your health care provider if you have had a blood transfusion before 1992, if you are a person who injects or inhales drugs or if you have shared drug using equipment, or if you have had a non-sterile tattoo or piercing.

Learn about Hepatitis C so you can prevent being infected!

Hep C prevention strategies:

 

Learn about Hep C so you can be treated!
Newer treatments are now available in Ontario and are much more effective than older hepatitis C drugs. These new medications are also easier to take, have fewer side effects and are taken for a shorter time.

For more information on Hepatitis C, see the Hep C fact sheet on our website: http://healthunit.org/health-information/infectious-diseases/fact-sheets/