Infographic: People living with Hepatitis C (HCV), Canada, 2017

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In 2017

  • An estimated 10,900 new hepatitis C infections occurred
  • Every hour, at least 1 person was infected with hepatitis C in Canada

In 2017, an estimated 317,100 people in Canada ever had hepatitis CFootnote 1.

  • Adults born between 1955 and 1964 made up almost one-third of people who ever had hepatitis C
  • More than 6 out of 10 people who ever had hepatitis C were men
  • Almost half of those who ever had Hepatitis C were people who injected drugs

In 2017, an estimated 194,500 Canadians were living with chronic hepatitis CFootnote 2.

This represents 61% of people who ever had hepatitis C.

  • Recent studies show that among individuals who test positive for ever having hepatitis C, between 70-85% go on to be tested for chronic hepatitis C and can benefit from treatment.


Footnote 1

This represents people who have ever been infected with HCV (persons living with positive HCV antibody status), including those with chronic HCV, those who spontaneously resolved HCV, and those with HCV treatment-related cure

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Footnote 2

Chronic Hepatitis C Infection - persons living with active (HCV RNA-positive) HCV infection

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