FEDERAL PRISONS in BC will be VISITED by HepCBC TEAM June 10-14, 2019

Twice a year HepCBC's all-volunteer outreach team visits the Community Resource Expo (CRE) events held in BC's federal prisons to give the most recent information about viral hepatitis (B and C) care and prevention, and to offer support to those seeking treatment. To see profiles of these institutions, go to https://www.csc-scc.gc.ca/institutions/001002-5000-eng.shtml Our all-volunteer team consists of Leon Anderson, Ron Larsen, Dr. Sofia Bartlett, Chery

The Week in Review: Oct 5 – Oct 19, 2018

Friday, Oct 19, 2018 News Recap: Want a Say in the Direction of HepCBC? Online or in person, attend HepCBC's Annual General Meeting. Actual event is Saturday, November 3rd from 2 to 3 pm. 1947 Cook Street. UC researchers recommend universal screening to tackle rise in Hepatitis C. Physicians are encountering a growing number of younger patients who are testing positive for hepatitis C virus (HCV) fueled largely by the opioid crisis impacting com...

HepCBC at the Coast Mental Health Clubhouse

On October 12, 2018, HepCBC sent two volunteers to man a hepatitis B and hepatitis C info booth at the Coast Mental Health Clubhouse (11th Avenue and Sophia Street in Vancouver). Leon Anderson and Cheryl Reitz met with many friendly clients and staff members at the Clubhouse for about 90 minutes. Our table, next to the entrance to the lunchroom, allowed us to have great conversations with people (lining up there for the mid-day meal) about the latest deve

The Week in Review: July 27 – August 24, 2018

Friday, August 24, 2018 News Recap: Neuropsychiatric symptoms in hepatitis C patients resemble those of patients with autoimmune liver disease but are different from those in hepatitis B patients. Chronic fatigue, mood alterations and cognitive impairment are frequent accessory symptoms of HCV-infection. Fatigue and mood alterations have also been observed in autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) and primary biliary cholangitis (PBC), but not in hepatitis B vi...

The Week in Review: September 15 – September 22, 2017

Friday, September 22, 2017 News Recap: Access to Treatment: This was a good week in terms of treatment access (but not, unfortunately, in terms of weather or seismic activity: How very, very sad).  Imagine being sick or on treatment in one of these stricken areas! In Canada Epclusa was approved for use in persons co-infected with HIV. This is very good news. Gilead Receives Approval in Canada for Expanded Indication of EPCLUSA® (Sofosbuvir/Velpat...

Selkirk College Student Nurses Bring HEPCBC and ANKORS to Hepatitis C Info Event

HepCBC was thrilled to get an invitation to a Selkirk College student nurse-initiated seminar in Castlegar, BC March 20, 2017. Robin Tomlin, HepCBC Board Member from nearby Robson, coordinated with the students, Janelle Jaworenko and Katrina Verigin, and their instructor Tammy McLean. Robin joined our President, Rosemary Plummer, RN, and Volunteer Cheryl Reitz for the day. Starting at 8 am sharp, we presented "Hepatitis C 101," bringing in all the latest

Rural/Remote/Indigenous Hepatitis C Outreach 2017 – Part 1

HepCBC considers outreach to BC's rural, remote, and First Nations communities one of our most important roles as advocates for hepatitis C treatment equity. This year started with a trip to a Prince George health fair and a webinar with the BC Centre for Disease Control comparing HCV treatment and care in BC'S urban vs rural populations. The outreach is continuing this week (March 14-19) into the Interior with Cheryl Reitz' Greyhound bus trip to Lytto...