GUELPH—About 300,000 Canadians have
potentially deadly Hepatitis C, including 100,000 in Ontario, but up to
50 per cent don't know they're harboring the harmful viral infection,
area Hep C Dr. Chris Steingart told a Guelph audience Thursday.
The Sanguen Health Centre executive director
said the infection from tainted blood from a variety of sources, which
attacks the liver, can cause physical, mental and emotional injury, yet
each year more people are infected than seek treatment.
"The good news is we can do something about that," Steingart told
audience members in the health care/harm reduction field at the launch
of an information video and color-coded syringes program. He stressed
the local availability of effective Hep C testing and treatment.
Labels: Canada, Guelph, Harm Reduction