Lisle man unknowingly lived with Hepatitis C for 28 years

For 28 years, Lance Gibson was completely oblivious to the deadly disease lurking inside him, wreaking havoc on his body. The 52-year-old married father of two says the disease would have continued to go unchecked if he hadn’t decided to retire from the Canadian Forces in December 2008. After undergoing a medical test at CFB Borden – a routine exam all military members have before leaving service – doctors noticed something wasn't right. “When they got

Screen baby boomers to better protect Canadians from hep C, say Edmonton virologists

Alberta should look at spending $134 million on a hepatitis C screening and treatment program for the province’s baby boomers, most of whom are unaware they carry a heightened risk of infection, two leading medical scientists say. Internationally recognized virologists Dr. Michael Houghton and Dr. Lorne Tyrrell, both based at the University of Alberta, said the costs of such an initiative may seem high, but will be far worse if thousands of undiagnosed di

Why baby boomers need a hepatitis C screening

Electronic medical record alerts contribute to dramatic rise in HepC screening University of Michigan Health System Baby boomers, adults born between 1945 and 1965, are five times more likely to have been exposed to the hepatitis C virus (HCV). As a result, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Preventive Service Task Force recommend that all patients in that age group get tested. But the simple blood test, designed to det

Current hepatitis C virus testing guidelines miss too many cases, study suggest

Urban emergency departments a good place to enact universal screening for adults Johns Hopkins Medicine A review of blood samples for nearly 5,000 patients seen at The Johns Hopkins Hospital Emergency Department suggests that federal guidelines for hepatitis C virus (HCV) screening may be missing up to a quarter of all cases and argues for updated universal screening. A report on the study is published online ahead of print in the journal Clinic

Risk Factors and Prevention

Risk Factors & Prevention Hepatitis C is a Blood-Borne Infection, spread only when the blood of an HCV+ person enters into the body of another person through a break in the skin or mucous membrane. Unfortunately, there are many ways in which this can happen. HCV can be prevented by avoiding risk factors. And those who have any risk factors should be tested, regardless of symptoms. Remember, HCV can silently do its deadly damage for many...

Editorial: Hep C epidemic can be stemmed

If you have lived a relatively clean life, you might think the odds of your suffering from hepatitis C might be as small as the odds of winning a lottery, but a study released last week indicates that just being a baby boomer is a risk factor. This is a lottery you wouldn’t want to win. Getting tested for the virus, as recommended by Dr. Julio Montaner, director of the B.C. Centre of Excellence in HIV/AIDS, is a small price to pay for health and pea...

Pamphlets & Posters

Our pamphlets and posters about hepatitis B and C are aimed at various communities: General population and baby boomers Newcomer/immigrant communities (translations available) Aboriginal/northern/remote communities Prison and former prisoner communities IVDU and MSM communities All of the publications on this page can be downloaded (PDFs).  Click on the Thumbnails below to access the printable, high-resolution versions. All posters are

U.S.: Clinicians encouraged to screen for hepatitis C based on birth year

Only 8.3% of the 60,722 eligible patients at 14 community health centers were screened for hepatitis C virus according to 2013 guidelines that call for testing all patients born between 1945 and 1965, regardless of their risk profile, according to data published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.The data note that women were less likely to be screened than men in every race/ethnic group, with black Hispanics, white non-Hispanics and bl

Bus Ad Campaign in 7 BC Cities urges Hep C Testing of Baby Boomers

The ads have a simple message: "Get tested for hepatitis C" plus a little bit about why. They were both inside and outside buses and Skytrains in 7 British Columbia cities during the entire month of July. The cities: Kelowna, Nanaimo, Prince George, Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver, and Victoria. HepCBC tried to give presentations to the City Councils of all 7 cities, to urge their mayors to declare World Hepatitis Day, to take a photo with the ads (see Nanaim...

Dr. Evan Adams Gets Tested for Hepatitis C

FIRST NATIONS LEADER URGES BABY BOOMERS TO GET TESTED FOR HCVWhile standing behind Dr. Evan Adams (Chief Medical Officer of the First Nations Health Authority) in a lunch line May 5th at the Gathering Wisdom Health Fair, HepCBC's President, Rosemary Plummer, decided to ask Dr. Adams if he would be willing to be publicly tested for hepatitis C. He surprised her with an enthusiastic "SURE!" And on July 10th he made good on that promise, even filming a "World