Reaching the undiagnosed – advances in hepatitis C testing in Canada

INHSU recently joined a panel discussion hosted by CATIE and CanHepC to discuss the latest advances in hepatitis C testing in Canada. The virtual event welcomed over 200 participants, discussed new testing technologies, and shared models of care for reaching the undiagnosed across Canada.  

Despite huge developments in hepatitis C treatment, there continues to be a need for increased testing and linkage to care, with 9,500 new infections and more than 200,000 people living with chronic hepatitis C in Canada in 2019.

Testing is a critical step in the hepatitis C cascade of care. Through testing, people with hepatitis C can be identified, diagnosed and linked to hepatitis C care and treatment services. Testing can also help connect people at risk of hepatitis C to education and prevention services.

Speakers included:

  • Jordan Feld, MD, Hepatologist, University Health Network
  • Kristin Lichty, Hepatitis C Treatment Registered Nurse, North Lambton Community Health Centre
  • Olivia Dawson, Program Manager, International Network on Health and Hepatitis in Substance Users (INHSU)
  • Kate Dunn, Community Engagement, Alberta ECHO
  • Kellie Guarasci, Clinical Nurse Lead, Cool Aid Community Health Centre
  • Stephen MacInnis, Peer Outreach Worker, Cool Aid Community Health Centre


The INHSU Hepatitis C Intervention Toolkit

INHSU’s Program Manager Olivia Dawson presented the new INHSU hepatitis C intervention toolkit, which includes detailed how-to guides on testing, including Point-of-Care Antibody Testing for Hepatitis C, Dried Blood Spot (DBS) Testing for Hepatitis C, and Point-of-Care RNA Testing for Hepatitis C.

Watch the webinar

Download the slides

View the INHSU toolkit


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