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Hepatitis: Think Again!

If you think that hepatitis is a virus that only affects travelers or people who inject drugs, think again. If you think that there is a vaccine for hepatitis C, think again.

Not that long ago, hepatitis was not on the radar of people in the same way that it is today. However, recent advancements in treatment alongside strong advocacy based community initiatives have changed what we know about hepatitis. Unfortunately, like other chronic illnesses, hepatitis continues to carry with it a great deal of stigma and discrimination which often leads to the dissemination of misinformation.  Similar to other health related concerns, we often don’t think about Hepatitis unless it has affected us directly in some way. On July 28th we are asking residents of Peel to join us in a community event to learn more and help spread the word about hepatitis in our communities.

In 2010 the World Health Organization (WHO) named July 28th World Hepatitis Day, a day to join with community and raise awareness across the globe. This year, we are asking people to Think Again when it comes to hepatitis. Think about what you know about hepatitis; question what you think you know; and ask about what you still want to know. Then, come out and ask about it. Or, tell us about your experience. Let’s start the conversation.

On Monday July 28th a free community event and BBQ will be hosted by Bloom Clinic, a program of WellFort, at Gage Park from 2-7pm.  Bloom Clinic provides treatment and support to individuals and families living with or affected by HIV and/or Hepatitis C in Peel region. On July 28th, free and confidential HIV and Hepatitis C testing will be available at the World Hepatitis Day event as well as various activities, a mini health fair, and a free BBQ.

Get The Facts: Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver that, in Canada, is most commonly caused by hepatitis A, B and C virus. When undiagnosed and untreated over an extended period of time, it can lead to cirrhosis, liver failure or liver cancer. There are vaccines available for Hepatitis A and B. While there is no vaccine for Hepatitis C, there is treatment that can cure the virus. Furthermore, upwards of 15% of people who contract Hepatitis C, clear the virus without treatment.

Natasha Tutt
Tel: 905.451.8090 ext 504
Jadunauth Raghunauth
Program Coordinator
Tel: 905.451.8090 ext. 246


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