Hepatitis C Care Team
The Hepatitis Care team is a partnership between the London InterCommunity Health Centre and Regional HIV/AIDS Connection.
Hepatitis C is an infection in the liver caused by the hepatitis C virus. Over time, the virus causes liver injury and scarring and can make you very sick.
The program is funded to provide hepatitis C testing, treatment and supports to individuals who are at risk for or living with hepatitis C at all stages of the disease.
Those at increased risk for hepatitis C include:
- People who use drugs
- People involved with the correctional system
- People who are homeless or under-housed
- Indigenous Peoples
- Street-involved Youth
Common Questions About Hepatitis C
The Hepatitis C Care Team works in partnership with other health and social service providers to ensure clients receive wraparound in all aspects of life and physical, emotional, and psychological services. Our core team consists of:
- Infectious Disease Specialists
- Social Workers
- Outreach Workers
Screening/Diagnosis: We start with a blood test to check for exposure to the Hepatitis C virus. If positive, it means you have been exposed to the virus and need a second blood test. The second blood test (RNA test) is to determine if the virus is still present in your blood. These tests can determine how your liver is functioning.
Care and Treatment: We make an appointment with a prescriber (physician, nurse, infectious disease specialist) and meet with a social worker. The care team will determine treatment, medication and assistance with managing symptoms related to Hepatitis C infection. Treatment normally lasts anywhere from 8-24 weeks.
Support: We provide you assistance with:
- Psychosocial support
- Service coordination and plan of care
- Education and information
- Referrals to other health and social services
How to Get Help
Referrals can be made in person, by telephone 519-660-0874, ext 1280 or fax 519-642-1532, by filling out our general referral or self-referral form (2020 HCCT Referral Form).