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"Viral Time Bomb”: Health and Human Rights Challenges in Addressing Hepatitis C in Canada

By conservative estimates, hepatitis C (HCV) affects some 250,000–300,000 people in Canada. A chronic illness that causes liver failure, liver cancer and other serious health concerns, hepatitis C already weighs heavily on the health care system. Its public health and economic impact is expected to double in only a few years.

Today, over 90 percent of HCV transmission is linked to drug injection, and federal and provincial responses to the problem have been inconsistent and inadequate. This report looks at current HCV-related policy and programs in Canada and outlines steps that should be taken to prevent a potential explosion of HCV.

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Published On 2008-05-08
Author Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, Centre for Addictions Research of BC and Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction
Topics Women's Rights, Prisons, Drug Policy and Harm Reduction, Aboriginal Communities
Document Type Reports
Language English
Doc Id 2017

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