NOW Newspaper (02.13.2014)
Aids Weekly Plus
NOW Newspaper reported that the Canadian Liver Foundation and the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) launched an interactive online course, “Go For Care: Hepatitis C Knowledge Series,” to serve as a “one-stop” source of easy-to-use information. Dr. Gail Butt, clinical lead on hepatitis at BCCDC and assistant professor at the University of British Columbia, stated that interviews with patients and healthcare providers revealed the need for a basic resource like the Hepatitis C Knowledge Series that people could use to learn about hepatitis C at their own pace.
Target audiences for the online resource included hepatitis C-infected people, individuals with high risk for hepatitis C, and clients of community service providers. The tool’s format included limited narration, videos, quizzes, and downloadable materials. It aimed to educate users about hepatitis C transmission, testing, disease management, and treatment.
Dr. Morris Sherman, chair of the Canadian Liver Foundation, stated that many people diagnosed with hepatitis were completely shocked, as many people were unaware of their infections. The hepatitis C virus spread through blood-to-blood contact, such as injection drug users sharing needles, or accidental needle sticks. Current treatments could cure approximately 65–76 percent of hepatitis infections. Left untreated, hepatitis C could cause liver disease or cancer and premature death.