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World Hepatitis Day 2020

24 July 2020

Public Service Announcement

World Hepatitis Day 2020

World Hepatitis Day is held every year on July 28 to raise awareness of this viral illness. This year, the global effort is to end hepatitis by finding the millions who are living with viral illness unaware. The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the importance of working together to reduce the spread of viral illnesses. For more information on World Hepatitis Day, you can visit https://www.catie.ca/en/whd

Hepatitis causes inflammation of the liver and, if left untreated, destroys healthy liver cells. Symptoms of hepatitis often go unnoticed but can include:

  • Fatigue.
  • Decreased appetite.
  • Yellowing of the skin and eyes.
  • A rash.
  • Dark-colored urine.
  • Flu-like symptoms.

Testing for hepatitis is done through a blood test at your local health centre. There is a vaccine to prevent hepatitis B and Nunavummiut are encouraged to review their immunization status with a nurse in their community and keep up to date on all immunizations.

Though hepatitis B and C are different viruses, they can be passed in similar ways through:

  • unprotected oral, anal, or vaginal sex;
  • shared drug equipment;
  • unsterilized tattoo or body piercing equipment;
  • blood-to-blood contact;
  • shared household;
  • during childbirth.

Other ways you can prevent the spread of hepatitis and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) include:

  • Use condoms or barriers. Condoms, dental dams and lubricants are free at health centres and other community locations in Nunavut.
  • Get tested regularly for STIs before having sex with a new partner(s). Get tested if you or your partner(s) have sex with someone other than each other. Get tested even if you have used condoms.

For more information, visit your health centre or https://www.irespectmyself.ca/.

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Media Contact:

Chris Puglia
Acting Manager of Communications
Department of Health
867-975-5949
cpuglia@gov.nu.ca