Free ‘hep C’ test­ing

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - COMMUNITY -

To­day is World Hep­ati­tis Day and AIDS P.E.I. will of­fer free hep­ati­tis C test­ing with tech­ni­cal sup­port pro­vided by Health P.E.I. at the Board­walk Pro­fes­sional Cen­tre as part of an aware­ness event.

A health card or ID is re­quired for test­ing. Ed­u­ca­tional ma­te­ri­als on vi­ral hep­ati­tis and re­lated top­ics, such as risk fac­tors and treat­ment op­tions, will also be avail­able.

Me­dia per­son­nel are in­vited to at­tend the event to talk with rep­re­sen­ta­tives about this aware­ness rais­ing ini­tia­tive.

“Hep­ati­tis C is a se­ri­ous and some­times deadly disease that we are not im­mune to here on P.E.I. Be­tween 2000 and 2010 the in­ci­dent rate of hep­ati­tis C more than dou­bled in Prince Ed­ward Is­land,” said Cy­belle Rieber, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of AIDS P.E.I. “For­tu­nately, through the pro­vin­cial hep­ati­tis C treat­ment pro­gram, Is­lan­ders are be­ing treated and cured. But there is still work to do. Our mes­sage to every­one is sim­ple: get tested, know your sta­tus, and learn your op­tions, she said in a state­ment.”

AIDS P.E.I. en­gages, sup­ports, and ed­u­cates all Is­lan­ders on is­sues re­lated to sex­ual health and risk re­duc­tion in the con­text of drug use, the group said in a news re­lease.

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