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Hepatitis C

What is Hep C?:
Hepatitis C (Hep C) is a liver disease caused by the Hepatitis C virus.
 

Transmission:
Hep C is transmitted (passed from person to person) from blood to blood only. People can get Hepatitis C when blood carrying the virus gets into their bloodstream.
Here are some of the ways Hepatitis C can get inside the body:

  • Using drug equipment that has been used by someone else, such as needles, syringes, filters, cookers, acidifiers, alcohol swabs, tourniquets, water, pipes for smoking crack or crystal meth, and straws for snorting.
  • Re-using tools for activities that break the skin,...

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  1. Key Facts
  2. How is Hepatitis C spread
  3. Diagnosis
  4. Testing
  5. Prevention


Key facts
Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by the Hepatitis C virus.  It is among the most common viruses that infect the liver. People can get Hepatitis C when blood of a person carrying the virus gets into their bloodstream.  Once inside, it infects the liver and causes damage to this very important organ.  The more damage there is, the harder it is for the liver to do its job and people can become very sick.  The disease can range in severity from a mild illness...

To arrange an HIV, Hep C or STBBI education session or training workshop, contact Angelina Butt, Provincial Coordinator HIV services by phone at 579-8656/1-800-563-1575, by email, or through the contact form.

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