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ASHM - Curing Hepatitis C, Nowra
Date: 29 Mar - 29 Mar

An update for primary care providers Primary care practitioners in the Illawarra Shoalhaven region can help to improve

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April 2017
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Sydney Korean Festival
Date: 01 Apr - 02 Apr

Celebrating and sharing the wonderful Korean culture Hepatitis NSW is excited to attend this years Sydney Korean Festiv

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ASHM - Hepatitis C in Drug and Alcohol Settings Education Program
Date: 01 Apr - 01 Apr

People who inject drugs represent approximately 90% of newly acquired hepatitis C infections. Clinicians in drug and alc

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Sydney Korean Festival
Date: 01 Apr - 02 Apr

Celebrating and sharing the wonderful Korean culture Hepatitis NSW is excited to attend this years Sydney Korean Festiv

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ASHM - Curing Hepatitis C, Bega Valley region
Date: 05 Apr - 05 Apr

An update for primary care providers Primary care practitioners in the Bega Valley region can help to improve the healt

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The Liver and Your Health Expo
Date: 07 Apr - 07 Apr

A health expo specifically-designed for the Chinese community To conclude The Liver and Your Health Program, the North

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National Apology Day
Date: 26 May - 26 May

This event marks the anniversary of the Apology to Australia’s Indigenous peoples in the House of Representatives on 1

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National Sorry Day
Date: 26 May - 26 May

National Sorry Day is a significant day for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and particularly for Stolen G

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National Reconciliation Week
Date: 27 May - 03 Jun

National Reconciliation Week is an ideal time for everyone to join the reconciliation conversation and reflect on shared

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National Reconciliation Week
Date: 27 May - 03 Jun

National Reconciliation Week is an ideal time for everyone to join the reconciliation conversation and reflect on shared

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National Reconciliation Week
Date: 27 May - 03 Jun

National Reconciliation Week is an ideal time for everyone to join the reconciliation conversation and reflect on shared

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National Reconciliation Week
Date: 27 May - 03 Jun

National Reconciliation Week is an ideal time for everyone to join the reconciliation conversation and reflect on shared

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National Reconciliation Week
Date: 27 May - 03 Jun

National Reconciliation Week is an ideal time for everyone to join the reconciliation conversation and reflect on shared

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National Reconciliation Week
Date: 27 May - 03 Jun

National Reconciliation Week is an ideal time for everyone to join the reconciliation conversation and reflect on shared

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National Reconciliation Week
Date: 27 May - 03 Jun

National Reconciliation Week is an ideal time for everyone to join the reconciliation conversation and reflect on shared

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National Reconciliation Week
Date: 27 May - 03 Jun

National Reconciliation Week is an ideal time for everyone to join the reconciliation conversation and reflect on shared

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NSW Hepatitis Awareness Week
Date: 24 Jul - 30 Jul

NSW Hepatitis Awareness Week 2017 will start on Monday 24 July and run until Sunday 30 July, including World Hepatitis D

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NSW Hepatitis Awareness Week
Date: 24 Jul - 30 Jul

NSW Hepatitis Awareness Week 2017 will start on Monday 24 July and run until Sunday 30 July, including World Hepatitis D

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NSW Hepatitis Awareness Week
Date: 24 Jul - 30 Jul

NSW Hepatitis Awareness Week 2017 will start on Monday 24 July and run until Sunday 30 July, including World Hepatitis D

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NSW Hepatitis Awareness Week
Date: 24 Jul - 30 Jul

NSW Hepatitis Awareness Week 2017 will start on Monday 24 July and run until Sunday 30 July, including World Hepatitis D

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NSW Hepatitis Awareness Week
Date: 24 Jul - 30 Jul

NSW Hepatitis Awareness Week 2017 will start on Monday 24 July and run until Sunday 30 July, including World Hepatitis D

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World Hepatitis Day
Date: 28 Jul - 28 Jul

World Hepatitis Day, observed on July 28 every year, aims to raise global awareness of hepatitis and encourage preventio

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NSW Hepatitis Awareness Week
Date: 24 Jul - 30 Jul

NSW Hepatitis Awareness Week 2017 will start on Monday 24 July and run until Sunday 30 July, including World Hepatitis D

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NSW Hepatitis Awareness Week
Date: 24 Jul - 30 Jul

NSW Hepatitis Awareness Week 2017 will start on Monday 24 July and run until Sunday 30 July, including World Hepatitis D

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National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day
Date: 04 Aug - 04 Aug

National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day (NAICD) is a celebration of Indigenous children and is held on 4 Augus

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International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
Date: 09 Aug - 09 Aug

The International Day of the World’s Indigenous People was first proclaimed by the General Assembly in December 1994,

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International Overdose Awareness Day
Date: 31 Aug - 31 Aug

International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on August 31st each year and aims to raise awareness

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International Volunteer Day
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International Volunteer Day (IVD) is celebrated each year on 5 December and was established by the United Nations Genera

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Hep C can only be passed on when blood containing hep C enters the bloodstream of another person. Avoiding blood-to-blood contact is the best way to prevent the transmission of hep C.

 

Always use your own equipment when you’reinjecting drugs or steroids

If you inject drugs (ice, heroin etc) or if you inject steroids (like testosterone) then you can help prevent hepatitis C transmission by always using your own sterile needles and syringes and not sharing anything used in the injecting process such as alcohol swabs, spoons, tourniquets, vials (the bottles or bladders that some steroids come in).

People often inject together and help each other to inject. If you’re helping someone it’s important to remember that your hands can have blood on them that you can’t see. Wear gloves or work out ways to help that mean you don’t touch anything the other person is using to inject.

Check out the NSW NSP Map to find out where you can get sterile injecting equipment, or go to the AIVL NSPDirectory

 

Get your tattoos and piercings done by a professional who uses infection control procedures

If you’re getting a tattoo or a body piercing then you can keep yourself safe by ensuring that the person who is tattooing or piercing you follows infection control procedures. This means that they open all the equipment they use in front of you so you know that it is sterile. Any equipment that is reused (like a tattoo gun) must be sterilised between clients, using a machine called an autoclave. You can ask to see the autoclave at the parlour or shop you go to.

Ink used to tattoo you and felt-tipped pens used to draw on tattoo designs can also contain blood that could have hepatitis C in it. Re-dipping the tattoo needle into the ink throughout the tattoo means that it is very likely that there is blood in the ink. This is fine if it’s only your blood, but not if that ink has been used for someone else getting a tattoo before you.

Similarly, pens are often used during a tattoo to redraw part of the design and can get blood on the felt-tip as it is common to bleed a bit while being tattooed.

If you’re getting tattooed or pierced by someone who is not a professional then it’s a good idea to ask them a lot of questions about the equipment they are using. If the equipment is not fresh (like the gun) and has not been cleaned using an autoclave then it is not sterile and could have blood on it, even though you can’t see it.

Washing a tattoo gun in hot water, alcohol, bleach or a dishwasher will not sterilise it and can mean that you are at high risk of a blood-borne virus like hepatitis C as well as bacterial infections.

 

What about sex?

Hepatitis C is not classified as a sexually transmitted infection (STI)

In general, sex is very low risk for getting or passing on hepatitis C. This is because hepatitis C is only passed on when the blood of a person living with hepatitis C enters the blood stream of another person. For most people this ‘blood-to-blood contact’ never happens when they are having sex.

Blood to blood contact during sex is more likely to happen if you are having rough sex, having sex for a long time, using drugs during sex (especially crystal methamphetamine), if you are living with HIV or have an STI such as herpes, genital warts or syphilis.

If you are living with hepatitis C you are not legally required to tell a sexual partner that you have hepatitis C before having sex.

 

 

This page was last updated 25 May 2016.



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