Since 2009, Hepatitis C has been declared an epidemic in Montreal. There are an estimated 25,000 people infected with Hepatitis C and one out of four of them are unaware of their illness.
Although most people with Hepatitis C don't have symptoms for many years after infection, the virus is causing irreversible damage to their liver. The virus can also be transmitted to others.
To this day, there is no immunization against Hepatitis C. But fortunately, Hepatitis C can be cured with treatment! Let’s act quickly before the disease causes irreversible, even fatal damage to the liver.
- Blood transfusion before 1992
- Sharing of needles or Stericups
- Sharing of straws, papers or other objects to sniff drugs
- Sharing a crack pipe
- Home-made tattoos or piercings
- Prison time
- Contact with the blood of someone who has any of these risk factors.
ANOTHER IMPORTANT RISK FACTOR
You should be tested for Hepatitis C if you ever received any medical or dental treatment in a country where Hepatitis C is widespread such as:
Please note that Hepatitis C screening is not included in the immigration medical exam required by Canada.
WHAT DO YOU DO IF YOU HAVE A RISK FACTOR?
If you have any of these risk factors, don’t wait. Make an appointment for free and confidential testing. And don’t hesitate to refer your loved ones to us.
Contact Sandra, nurse
1801, boul. de Maisonneuve Ouest
Montréal H3H 1J9
514 934-0505, poste 7406