MP Benson Getting Tested on World Hepatitis Day

And challenging her colleagues to do the same!

Sheri Benson is challenging MPs to get tested for Hep C this World Hepatitis Day. Sheri will be getting tested at approximately 1:30pm at the AIDS Saskatoon / 601 Outreach Centre Community BBQ (601 33rd St West).

In Canada, it is estimated that 1 in 5 people who have Hep C don’t know it. If Hepatitis C is diagnosed early enough, it can be cured but not getting tested leaves many at risk for liver failure, and possibly death.

It is believed that the majority of people who have Hep C are Baby Boomers (adults born between 1945 and 1975), leaving most sitting MPs in an at-risk category.

Benson is challenging her colleagues to lead by example. “I attended a presentation held by Action Hepatitis Canada and was stunned by the news that Baby Boomers are the most at-risk for Hep C,” said Benson. “It is our responsibility as Members of Parliament to raise awareness of the prevalence of Hep C among those over the age of 42. That is why I am getting tested today.”

 

*2014 stats retrieved from CATIE: http://www.catie.ca/en/resources/facts-hepatitis-c-baby-boomers