Community Papers

Hepatitis awareness day set for Saturday in Victoria

AIDS Vancouver Island is hosting the Fourth Annual Love Your Liver Health Fair for  World Hepatitis Day at Centennial Square on Saturday, July 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

World Hepatitis Day, held July 28, is intended to raise public awareness about viral hepatitis, which affects approximately 500 million people worldwide. While treatment is available for both the B and C strains, there is no vaccine for hepatitis C.

"We're hosting a number of events this month to raise awareness about testing, treatment and being informed about how to prevent and stay healthy when you're living with hepatitis C, HIV and other blood-borne illnesses," said Katrina Jensen, executive director at AIDS Vancouver Island.

B.C. has higher rates than the national average for new hepatitis C infections.

reporter@vicnews.com

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Local timber used in Askew’s roof
 
MP fends off criticism from opposition parties
 
Teacher strike cheques in the mail
Fernie mom strings together Beads of Courage
 
Learning from an industry expert
 
RDCK cuts to reduce threat of wildfire
Federal budget hikes tobacco tax, sets up surplus
 
Haunted Halloween house helps the hungry
 
Frozen beef burgers recalled for possible E. coli contamination