Did you know...
- 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.
- The Canadian Society for International Health was contracted by the Public Health Agency of Canada to coordinate World Hepatitis Day 2014 awareness activities in Canada.
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