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Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus infecting the liver and causing damaged tissue, cirrhosis, or liver cancer, resulting in greater life years lost than any other infectious disease in Canada. Indigenous communities face higher incidence as well as lower treatment uptake, although a medication treatment is available which offers high rates of cure. But this Western Science cure approach is not achieving exceptional results. In response, and with the intent of supporting wellbeing, wellness and wholistic approaches as well as potential for improved access to Hepatitis C cure, formative research has been initiated asking for guidance from Indigenous healthcare colleagues in directing a respectful approach.
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