Upcoming hep C screening events in Kamloops and Cranbrook!
CRANBROOK – We’ll be at Cranbrook Family Connections, 209A 16 Ave N on January 22 from 3-5 PM.
Pacific Hepatitis C Network, in partnership with Interior Health, the BC Centre for Disease Control, ASK Wellness and ANKORS, will be offering free hep C rapid screening clinics in Cranbrook and Kamloops. The screening test uses a few drops of blood from a finger poke and takes only 20 minutes.
Hepatitis C is curable–when you know you have it.
If you inject drugs, it is important to get tested for hepatitis C often. Hep C can make you sick and can be passed on to others.
At the drop-in, a nurse will take a small blood sample that can show you right away if you have been exposed to the hep C virus. If you want to know if you still have hep C, we can do a second blood test. It takes about a week. All tests are done privately.
A Hep C Peer Navigator, community workers, and a nurse will be at the drop-in. If your first blood test is positive for hep C, you can get support right away, and for however long you need us after. If you have questions about hep C, you can get support anytime through Help4Hep BC, Pacific Hep C’s helpline.
Hep C can feel scary or confusing. A Peer Navigator and your community worker can help you get treated, working as a team with you and your doctor or nurse for treatment. They will help you stay on track with medicine and follow-up. Hep C treatment is now taken in pill form for 8-12 weeks.
For more information
For more information, contact
Daryl Luster, Lead Peer Navigator – daryl [at] pacifichepc.org
Alison Ko, Project Nurse – alisonpko [at] gmail.com
Polly Sutherland, Education and Prevention at ANKORS East – ankorspeerdevelopment [at] gmail.com
This project made possible through support from AbbVie and Gilead.