Just 5 drops of blood could help fight Hep C on remote B.C. reserves – CBC

by ahnationtalk on November 18, 2019114 Views

A new, simpler blood test helps screen for disease with HIV and syphilis tests next, says Indigenous agency

Nov 18, 2019

An Indigenous agency hopes a simple new hepatitis C test, done by a lay person drawing just five drops of blood, will eliminate the high rates of serious liver infection in several remote B.C. communities.

Carrier Sekani Family Services said its 11 member communities in north-central B.C. have about twice the rate of hepatitis C as the national average.

The viral liver infection, spread through contaminated blood, can be deadly if left untreated.

The disease can be cured with medication in just 12 weeks, but many people never get treated because they don’t know they have hepatitis C.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/simple-hep-c-test-will-help-remote-b-c-indigenous-communities-1.5361692

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