Free ‘hep C’ testing
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.