It is “insane” that Canada continues to see a rise in transmissions of Hepatitis C, despite the fact that there is a cure, say health researchers.
But thanks to political inaction, and the prohibitive cost of the live-saving drugs, Canadians continue to contract the life-threatening virus.
By official estimates, the population carrying Hepatitis C in Canada is around 250,000, but experts speculate this number is tens to hundreds of thousands higher due to poor tracking of and testing for the virus. In America, the virus results in more deaths every year than HIV. And while Canada’s range of Hepatitis C cases sits in the ballpark for most advanced nations, the disease is still ravaging the Canadian drug community.