Aids Thunder Bay Hosting BBQ for World Hepatitis Day

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THUNDER BAY – AIDS Thunder Bay are hosting a free BBQ and open house for World Hepatitis Day. The BBQ will be held at 574 Memorial Ave from 11:30am to 2:30pm to raise awareness of hepatitis as a local and global issue. “There are an estimated 3000 people living with hepatitis C in the Thunder Bay area. Our recently launched treatment team is designed to treat people living with Hepatitis C and to reduce the number of new infections through education and awareness,” said Rhonda Stock, Hepatitis C Community Coordinator at AIDS Thunder Bay.

“According to the World Health Organization, there are 500 million people worldwide living with chronic Hepatitis B and C. Despite this staggering number there is still a lot of misinformation about the diseases, which is a huge barrier to prevention, diagnosis and treatment,” said Stock.

The theme for this first official World Health Organization (WHO) – sponsored World Hepatitis Day is ‘Hepatitis affects everyone, everywhere. Know it. Confront it’.