Government of Canada takes steps to address high rates of HIV and hepatitis C among people who share drug-use equipment
OTTAWA, /CNW/ - Sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections, including hepatitis C and HIV, are largely preventable. However, there are communities in Canada that have high rates of infection. This is a significant public health concern. The Government of Canada is taking steps to prevent the transmission of these infections and thereby protect the health of Canadians.
Today, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, announced support for 28 projects across the country to reduce the risk of blood-borne infections among people who share drug-use equipment, such as needles and pipes. Harm reduction is a key pillar in Canada's comprehensive, evidence-based drug strategy.
The projects to be funded will be based in communities that have high rates of hepatitis C and HIV. The funding will support front-line interventions and capacity-building activities in communities, including education resources for people who use drugs, peer-based outreach services, and training for health providers.
"Community organizations do important work to reduce hepatitis C and HIV infections among people who share drug-use equipment. This funding will help communities prevent these infections and support the health and well-being of those at risk."
The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, P.C., M.P.
"Interventions by community-based organizations are essential for helping local populations that have high rates of hepatitis C and HIV. Reducing the rates of these and other sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections, which are largely preventable infections, is one of my priorities as Canada's Chief Public Health Officer. By meeting the specific needs of individuals who share drug-use equipment, we will help them lead healthier lives."
Dr. Theresa Tam
SOURCE Public Health Agency of Canada