Hepatitis C is a chronic liver disease caused by the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV). An estimated 250,000 people in Canada are infected and between 3,200 and 5,000 are newly infected each year.
Living with HIV and hepatitis C Co-Infection
People living with HIV/hepatitis C co-infection face increased challenges related to health and disease progression, treatment decisions and stigma. Having HIV can also increase the chances of passing on hepatitis C during unprotected sex as well as during childbirth. These challenges can be overcome when people have access to knowledgeable healthcare providers, information and support in order to manage these viruses and live long and healthy lives.
There is treatment for Hepatitis C. Many people finish treatment and get rid of the virus. There are services that can help you understand Hepatitis C and to help you stay healthy and protect others.
Getting Tested for Hepatitis C
What is Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by the Hepatitis C virus. People can get Hepatitis C when blood carrying the virus gets into their blood stream. 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.