The WHO has declared Hepatitis C a public health challenge and a burden on our communities: it is an urgent health priority that is largely ignored.
As a health care provider, you have an unprecedented opportunity to make a difference in the lives of your patients living with Hepatitis C. Liver Care Canada can support your patients by coordinating their diagnosis, treatment and care through one of our many Liver Care Centres.
The services we provide are tailored to meet the unique needs of different communities (e.g. city centres, rural areas) at no additional cost to the patient. Our CARE Centres can provide access to community outreach, mobile testing units and experienced healthcare professionals to ensure patients receive proper and timely treatment.
Referring your patients is easy. Register today to learn more and get your patients on the path to better liver health.
Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus: the virus can cause both acute and chronic hepatitis infection, ranging in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious, lifelong illness.
The hepatitis C virus is a bloodborne virus and the most common modes of infection are through unsafe injection practices, inadequate sterilization of medical equipment, and the transfusion of unscreened blood and blood products.
Globally, between 130–150 million people have chronic hepatitis C infection.
A significant number of those who are chronically infected will develop liver cirrhosis or liver cancer.
Approximately 700 000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver diseases.
Antiviral medicines can cure approximately 90% of persons with hepatitis C infection, thereby reducing the risk of death from liver cancer and cirrhosis, but access to diagnosis and treatment is low.
There is currently no vaccine for hepatitis C; however research in this area is ongoing.