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Monday July 27th, 2015

Posted at 8:14pm

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In honour of World Hepatitis Day, the Windsor Essex Community Health Centre will be hosting its 3rd Annual BBQ event to raise awareness about hepatitis c and reduce the stigma surrounding it.

World Hepatitis Day activities in Windsor will be taking place on Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 from 4pm to 7pm at Wigle Park on Erie Street.

The event festers a complimentary barbecue, baseball game, raffle prizes, games and music from popular artists affected by hepatitis C with neighborhood residents and visitors to the event. The event will educate attendees on the disease through offering information on hepatitis transmission, testing, prevention and treatment. Confidential testing will be available during the event for those who are interested. The Proclamation signed by Mayor Dilkens will be read at 5:30pm.

One in 12 people worldwide are living with hepatitis B or C – including 600, 000 Canadians – with many unaware they are infected. Both viruses are transmitted through blood to blood contact. In Canada, the following population groups are most at risk for acquiring hepatitis B or C are persons who use drugs, people who are involved with the correctional system, people who are homeless or under-housed, Aboriginal persons, street involved youth, and people with tattoos or piercings. Those who are most likely to be affected by hepatitis C and not know it are; baby boomers and immigrants.

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