Canada: Personal-care worker struggles after contracting hepatitis C from client

The journey from the good life to bad started in the summer of 2011. Then, nearly 20 years into a career as a personal-care worker, Rowe took a client into her home for weekend care.

The non-communicative client cut herself in the bathroom and while a visiting nurse friend stemmed the bleeding, Rowe began to clean up.

“It’s summer, I’m in flip-flops and I’ve got cracked feet. I’ve got my gloves on, but they aren’t going to do anything for me.”

The client had hepatitis C and an unknowing Rowe contracted the disease.


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