The Week in Review: July 7 – July 14, 2017

Friday, July 14, 2017 News Recap Local New measures boost addiction treatment access in Victoria New efforts to expand treatment for opioid users in Victoria are putting addiction specialists in hospital emergency departments and supporting family doctors who provide opioid substitution therapy for patients. The initiatives by Island Health and the Victoria Divisions of Family Practice are intended to dovetail with the work of the South Island Ra...

Comox Valley group shares support, cure info about Hepatitis C

In the Comox Valley a support group provides a safe space for people to get up-to-date information about the disease and treatment options. It is a place where people can go with their questions and concerns and get support from others who have had similar experiences. The group is sponsored by Positive Wellness North Island – North Island Liver Services. “In a small town, knowing where to get confidential information can be hard,” says group facilitat


Addiction If you have hepatitis C and also have an addiction problem, then you are at risk for severely and quickly damaging your liver.  Alcohol, tobacco and many prescription pain medicines are known to damage the liver when taken in high doses.  If you are still using IV drugs, treatment will be very challenging, and if cured, you could get HCV again. As well, having an addiction to alcohol or drugs can sometimes be the grounds for denial of treatm


Self-Isolation   Sometimes HCV+ individuals internalize the stigma. Instead of fighting it, we isolate ourselves. Sad, but true: so often we who are living with hepatitis C isolate ourselves instead of reaching out; neither asking for the help we need, nor offering it to others. Perhaps we start to believe that we are a danger to other’s health, that our lives have less value than the lives of others, or that we ‘deserve’ our

First Steps

Just diagnosed with hepatitis C?  Follow these steps… (1) Get re-tested to confirm the diagnosis. The first test (for antibodies) just shows if you have ever been exposed. A second test (PCR) is needed to confirm whether the virus is active. If it isn't active, you do not have hepatitis C, and do not need any further tests or treatment. If the virus is active, you do have hepatitis C (are HCV+), and should follow these steps: (2) Get informed...