Toronto Community Hep C Program
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The Toronto Community Hep C Program (TCHCP) is a partnership between Sherbourne Health, Regent Park Community Health Centre and South Riverdale Community Health Centre.
The TCHCP provides community based Hep C education, testing, treatment and support for people who have faced barriers to accessing mainstream health care. We aim to improve people’s quality of life by reducing the barriers and stigma for people living with Hepatitis C, providing equitable access to comprehensive care and services, strengthening the capacity of people with lived experience of HCV to self-advocate, and creating a sustainable program in order to build a healthy community.
The program comprises a team of health professionals dedicated to providing client-centred care for people with Hep C, including Primary Care Doctors, Nurses, Counsellors, Outreach Workers and Educators.
Hep C Treatment Groups
After completing an intake, the program offers treatment groups at three different sites: South Riverdale Community Health Centre, Regent Park Community Health Centre, and Sherbourne Health. If you are interested in joining these groups, please talk with your health care provider.
Hep C Continuing Care
This program group is for people who are not in a treatment group because they have completed treatment, have been taken off treatment or are not eligible for treatment.
We offer the following support:
For more information and to get connected with Hepatitis C care, treatment and support:
Erin Ashe, RN
(416) 324-4100 ext. 5218
Tuesday and Friday mornings
9:30 am – 12 pm
333 Sherbourne Street (Sherbourne & Carlton)
What is Hepatitis C?
Hepatitis C infection (Hep C) is caused by the Hepatitis C virus (HCV). In Ontario, about 110,000 people are living with Hep C. Roughly 20% of people don’t know they have it.
Hep C attacks your liver. Your body can try to fight it — and sometimes it can win—but the virus is very strong. Ordinary medicines like antibiotics do not kill viruses, but there are special Hep C medications that work for many people.
You can get Hep C when blood containing HCV gets in your blood. The highest-risk activity for getting Hep C is using drug equipment—needles, syringes, swabs, filters, spoons and water—that has been used by someone else. Taking care to avoid contact with materials that could have blood on them, even if you can’t see any blood, helps you stay safe.
Are you at risk?
Hepatitis C is spread when blood that has Hep C in it gets into your bloodstream. Some activities put you at high risk, others have some risk, and some have no risk.
Having unprotected sex that may involve contact with infected blood, such as fisting or sex when a woman has her period. It is easier for Hep C to be passed on during sex if someone has HIV.
No risk (no blood contact)
Anyone can get Hep C, but studies show that there are high rates in people who use and inject drugs, people living on the street, Aboriginal peoples, people in prison and immigrants from countries where there are high rates of Hep C.
What are the signs of Hep C?
Many people do not feel sick when they are first infected with Hep C. If they do, the most common early symptoms are:
Many people do not feel sick when they are infected with Hep C. People living with chronic Hep C infection report fatigue, flu-like symptoms and joint and muscle aches that may be a result of chronic infection. Symptoms with advanced, chronic infection may include:
Even though you may have no symptoms for many years, you can still have an active infection and can pass on Hep C to others.