Please note: the article in the current issue of Sault This Week should have been about HIV Awareness (December 1st) not Hepatitis C Awareness (July 28th). Please see the article about HIV Awareness here.
ASK YOURSELF, HAVE YOU EVER:
  • Engaged in unprotected sexual activities?
  • Received a tattoo or piercing using equipment that may not have been sterilized?
  • Shared personal hygiene items such as razors, nail clippers, or tooth brushes?
  • Received a blood transfusion or blood products before 1992?
  • Shared syringes, needles, straws, pipes, cookers, filters, etc?
  • Gotten an accidental needle stick injury?
If you answered “Yes” to any of the above questions, you could be infected with HIV or Hepatitis C, and not know it.
Approximately 1/4 people living with HIV in Canada are unaware they have HIV
Approximately 44% of people living with HEP C in Canada are unaware they have HEP C.
That’s almost 18,000 people who don’t know they’re HIV +.
That’s over 100,000 people who don’t know they have HEP C.
You could have HIV and not know it. You may be infected, and not look or feel sick for years
You could have HEP C and not know it. Most people do not show any signs or symptoms until many years after getting Hepatitis C.
The only way to know for sure is to get tested.
The only way to know for sure is to get tested.
Without treatment, HIV can do major damage to your body and immune system.
HEP C is curable - but without treatment, damage to the liver can become so severe that it causes liver failure.
LEARN MORE About HIV resources and testing
LEARN MORE About Hepatitis C resources and testing