Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health will be holding private testing for World Hepatitis Day on St. George's Square on July 29.
The day marks a worldwide acknowledgment of the virus and in an attempt to raise awareness for it.
According to CATIE, a Canadian source for HIV and Hepatitis C information, approximately one out of 100 Canadians have had Hepatitis C in their life and the majority of them are unaware that they even have it.
Canada is among the 194 nations in the world that have signed the World Health Organization’s Global Health Sector Strategy on Viral Hepatitis in an attempt to eradicate the virus as a public health threat by 2020.
WDG Public Health’s event is in collaboration with HIV/AIDS Resources & Community Health (ARCH) and Sanguen Health Centre to collectively raise awareness, provide testing for the virus and encourage individuals to get tested.
The event will have free pizza, music, face painting and games from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.