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Happenin’ With Hep C

Testing Drives

June 6th, 2017 at 9:28 am

June 7, 2017

Come join us for one of our up-coming Hepatitis C  Testing Drives!

  • Wednesday, June 7, 2017 – Sturgeon Falls -94 King Street (BBQ) 11 am till 2 pm
  • June 27, 2017 – Nipissing First Nation – Lawrence Commanda Health Centre from 11 am till 2 pm
  • Wednesday, June 28, 2017 – Huntsville at the River Mill Park from 12 pm till 3 pm (BBQ)
  • Wednesday, July 5, 2017 – South River (TBA)

The only way to know if you have Hepatitis C is to get tested!

Peer Support Group

May 16th, 2017 at 2:31 pm

May 16, 2017

The AIDS Committee of North Bay & Area offers a peer support group every Wednesday from 1:30-3 pm for those who are infected, affected and/or at-risk of getting HIV and hepatitis C. If you would like to join, please contact Caitlin or Pam at 705-497-3560. Not ready for a group? That’s ok, Pam and Caitlin can work with you one on one. We may even have stuff for your to do around the office.

 

Please join us during Hepatitis C Awareness Week!

May 1st, 2017 at 11:56 am

Hepatitis C Awareness Week 2017-Event List

Do you want to get tested but you don’t in North Bay?

March 29th, 2017 at 8:37 am

March 29, 2017

The AIDS Committee of North Bay & Area services a large catchment area: Huntsville to Cochrane, Mattawa to Sturgeon Falls and Parry Sound. Sometimes it is hard to always get out to those places regularly. We do have ways around that!

Here  is a list of testing events over May and June:

  • May 9, 2017 – Magnetawan First Nation -11 am till 2 pm at the health centre
  • May 9, 2017 – Wasauksing First Nation- 4 pm till 7 pm at the Seniors Drop-In Centre
  • May 18, 2017 – South River
  • May 24, 2017 – Huntsville
  • May 30, 2017 – Mattawa
  • June 7, 2017 – Sturgeon Falls
  • June 21, 2017 – Parry Sound

Come get tested for Hepatitis C and/or HIV! We will have our harm reduction supplies (including naloxone kits), a draw for a tv, food and much more.

Not able to join one of these testing events? No problem! You can call 705-497-3560 or 1-800-387-3701 (toll free). You can also email hcvnurse@gmail.com or northbayhepc@gmail.com . We can send out lab requisitions if you have a lab where you live.

We can also do counselling over the phone or through Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN).

Feel free to contact us is you have any questions!

Kristina

Good changes

March 6th, 2017 at 10:01 am

March 6, 2017

We have seen some good changes lately. First of all, we now are supplying Nasal Spray Naloxone Kits (instead of injection)to prevent opioid overdose. We are the first in our area to offer these kits. These kits are effective on the drug carfentanil which is 100x potent than fentanyl. Some local pharmacies are offering the injectable naloxone kits free of charge with a valid health card. If you are interested in getting a Nasal Spray Naloxone Kit, please contact Caitlin Dobratz at 705-497-3560 ext 201 or come see her at the office.

Before February 22, 2017, all Hepatitis C treatment medications required approval for funding from the Exceptional Access Program through the Ontario Drug Benefit Program. This caused some delays in getting our clients treatment. Some Hep C treatment medications have moved to the Limited Use List, which means that we can provide treatment much quicker as long as the client meet all the criteria. We will no longer have to apply for funding through the Exceptional Access Program for these medications. Some criteria has changed for these medication to allow for more people to have access to treatment. If you have Hepatitis C and are seeking treatment, please contact Keri or Kelsey at 705-497-3560 ext 210. Check out this link from Catie for more information.

http://www.catie.ca/en/catienews/2017-03-06/improved-access-hepatitis-c-treatment-coming-bc-and-ontario?utm_source=fb&utm_campaign=030617&utm_medium=socmed&utm_content=en