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Facts about hepatitis C in British Columbia

Hepatitis C (HCV) is a serious, communicable disease that is spread through direct contact with the blood of an infected person.

  • Symptoms may include fatigue, jaundice, abdominal pain and joint pain.
  • In some people, it can cause liver damage (cirrhosis) or liver cancer.
  • Individuals can be re-infected with HCV, making prevention a particularly critical component of B.C.’s approach to viral hepatitis elimination.
  • Once someone is successfully treated and cured of HCV, they are no longer able to pass the virus on to others.
  • In 2019-20, more than $142 million was spent for medications to treat HCV in B.C.
  • In 2021, B.C. released updated viral hepatitis-testing guidelines to support HCV testing in primary care and other settings to further improve outreach to those most affected by HCV.
  • In a recent progress report from Action Hepatitis Canada, B.C. was reported to be on track to reach HCV elimination targets.