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Hepatitis C

Quick Facts

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  • Hepatitis C is a chronic liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV).
  • In Canada, an estimated 242,500 individuals are infected with (HCV).
  • Approximately 21% of those individuals don't know they are infected and remain undiagnosed.
  • Many people infected with HCV have no symptoms and are unaware of their infection, but they are still infectious.
  • Hepatitis C infection can be prevented: don't share needles or drug use/preparation equipment.
  • Hepatitis C is NOT spread by casual contact such as hugging, kissing or shaking hands. The virus is not found in food or water.
  • Hepatitis C can be spread in the household through sharing sharp instruments/personal hygiene equipment with an infected person (e.g., razors, toothbrushes, scissors and nail clippers).
  • Because there are medications which can be used to treat hepatitis C, it is important to find out if you have the virus.
  • Treatment may be an option for you so speak to your health care provider.
  • There is no licensed vaccine for hepatitis C.

What's New

  • The Canadian Society for International Health was contracted by the Public Health Agency of Canada to coordinate World Hepatitis Day 2014External link awareness activities in Canada.

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