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    World Hepatitis Day

    Today, about 500 million people worldwide – one in 12 – are living with chronic viral hepatitis B or hepatitis C. In Canada, an estimated 600,000 people have viral hepatitis, with many unaware of their status.  World Hepatitis Day, July 28th  is an international event focused on raising awareness about viral hepatitis and influencing real change in disease prevention and access to testing and treatment.

  2. New Tool for People with HCV or HIV Who Inject Drugs

    CATIE has developed a pocket-size booklet for people living with HCV or HIV who inject drugs. This booklet has tips and resources to keep individuals, and others around them, as healthy as possible. The booklet includes information on: how HCV and HIV can be passed to others, taking your medication, taking care when injecting drugs, and much more! To order this resource for clients of your needle syringe program check out the CATIE website HERE.

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    World Hepatitis Day – July 28th

    Did you know that World Hepatitis Day is July 28th? There are different types of hepatitis (A, B, C, D, and E) and together hepatitis kills about 1.5 million people every year. World Hepatitis Day is a day to learn a little more about hepatitis, decrease stigma towards people living with hepatitis, and advocate for better treatment and care. To get involved you may want to attend a learning session hosted by the Public Health Agency of Canada on June 26th or visit the World Hepatitis Alliance webpage.

  4. Hepatitis C can remain infectious for up to 6 weeks

    Transmission of hepatitis C from hospital stay is increasing. It was hypothesized that hepatitis C virus may be spread from the surfaces where healthcare works or patients come into contact. This peer reviewed article demonstrates that hepatitis C can remain infectious at room temperature for up to six weeks which could help explain how hepatitis C is spread in hospitals. Several commercially available antiseptics are effective against HCV.

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    World hepatitis Day – Art Contest For Youth

    In celebrating and recognizing World Hepatitis Day that is coming up on July 28th 2013 there is a Contest for young people. For more information about WHD please go to:

    Please see attached the Poster Guidelines (in English and French) for the National Youth Art Contest open to youth ages 13-29 years. There is a lot of information on the Guidelines pages, so similar to previous years, Canadian Society for International Health will be putting together a Poster Flyer, which will be circulated the week of April 1st (English & French). The poster flyer will contain a QR code that will link to the Poster Guidelines.

    Contest Guidelines… ENGLISHFRENCH

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    World Hepatitis Day is July 28th

    The international event consists of many local events focused on raising awareness about viral hepatitis and highlighting the importance of disease prevention and access to testing and treatment.

    At OHRDP we support local access to harm reduction supplies and prevention messaging while encouraging one-time use of supplies to help minimize risk of disease transmission, particularly hepatitis C and HIV, for people who use drugs.

    For more information and links to local events, you can visit:

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    The Ontario Hepatitis C Task Force’s “Proposed Strategy to Address Hepatitis C in Ontario 2009-2014”

    On September 14, 2009, Health Minister David Caplan received the  Ontario Hepatitis C Task Force’s Proposed Strategy to Address Hepatitis C in Ontario 2009 – 2014. This document is now available on the ministry’s website for review and comment.

    Recommendations included in the strategy are wide-ranging and impact various areas of the ministry as well as other ministries of the Ontario Government and other jurisdictions. In preparing this Strategy, the Task Force was provided with input from 13 community consultations, met with internal government experts, and was provided with research documentation. Your input will be important in determining how the Ontario Government will respond to the Task Force Report.

    The proposed Strategy is posted on the ministry’s website for public and stakeholder comment for 30 days.

    To read the proposed Strategy and provide comments, please click on one of the links below:



    Deadline for submissions is October 15, 2009.

  8. High-risk youth, drug use & hepatitis C in Kingston

    Young people are often the most marginalized and hardest to reach populations among substance users. The Kingston Community Health Centres (KCHC) recently began a new project on youth engagement and hepatitis C prevention. The overall goal is to increase the level of hepatitis C prevention awareness among youth at risk for transmission of the disease, and to enhance the ability of local youth to lessen risk behaviours. view report

  9. Study confirms international outbreak of sexually transmitted hep C

    Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange (CATIE) released the following report.