Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Most Canadians infected with hepatitis unaware of it

Accurate infection awareness important but over half infected with hepatitis B or C didn't know


Seventy per cent of the about 138,600 Canadians infected with hepatitis C based on blood tests did not know they had the virus, Statistics Canada says.

Wednesday's results from the Canadian Health Measures Survey come amid calls for baby boomers to be screened with a one-time test for hepatitis C infection (HCV), which liver specialists say can be eradicated if treated early. 

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