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Increasingly, people in Canada who have hepatitis C are also living with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This is partly because both viruses can be transmitted by blood-to-blood contact. Sharing materials contaminated with blood (including equipment for injection drug use, piercing, tattooing or medical procedures) puts a person at risk for both viruses. Having HIV can also make a person more susceptible to getting hepatitis C.

Source: CATIE

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In 2014, there were 36.9 million (34.3 million–41.4 million) people living with HIV. – Since 2000, around 38.1 million people have become infected with HIV and 25.3 million people have died of AIDS-related illnesses.

Source: UNAIDS

HIV Disclosure

There is currently no legislation or case law obliging patients to tell their doctors, nurses, dentists, surgeons, paramedics or any other health professionals that they are HIV-positive. This means that whether or not you decide to disclose your HIV status to your doctor (or any other health-care professional) is up to you. Your personal health information, including your HIV status, is private, personal information.

Source: Living with HIV. Know Your Rights. Disclosure as patient, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, 2014


139 opioid overdose deaths occurred in Windsor and Essex County between 2005 and 2011. That’s about one every three weeks!

What can stop an overdose?

Naloxone can reverse the symptoms of an overdose. Having it injected in your arm or leg and getting to the hospital by ambulance are the BEST waysto save a life.

Source: Windsor-Essex County Health Unit

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