Looking for more specific information about hep C? You’ve come to the right place.

Did you know that hep C is now easily cured? The new cures mean you can live hep C free – speak to your doctor about starting treatment now.

If you haven’t been cured yet, hep C can still impact on your life in many different ways, including:

  • discrimination and stigma,
  • disclosure (telling others),
  • worries about passing hep C onto others,
  • pregnancy and sex,
  • and if left unchecked or without treatment, hep C can cause serious health issues, including liver damage.

So read on, to learn more about how hep C may affect you and what to expect on your journey to becoming hep C free.

 

You may have been at risk of Hep C in the past

 

Many people living in Australia may have been at risk of hep C without knowing it. Listed below are the groups or communities that might be most at risk of hep C.  

  • People who have injected drugs or steroids.
  • People who have ever been in prison.
  • People who had blood transfusions, blood products or an organ transplant in Australia before Feb 1990.
  • People who have a tattoo or body piercing.
  • People who were born in  countries where hep C is common.
  • Men who have sex with men.
  • Anyone born to a mother who was hep C positive during pregnancy.
  • People who have had a needle-stick injury.
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.
  • People who have experienced homelessness.

 

 

If you identify with any of the groups above, you should think about asking your doctor or health nurse for a hep C test. Listed below are the most common ways people can contract hep C:

Unprotected sex, where blood might have been around.

 

How will hep C affect your day-to-day life?

 

If you are yet to be cured, living with hep C can affect your life in many ways. Some of those ways may be physical, some emotional and some practical. We offer services that can help support you – take a look at our Key Services page for more info.

If you or your partner are pregnant or are thinking of having a baby, read our pregnancy and babies page.

 

Do I need to tell anyone I have hep C?

 

Except for a few special situations, you don’t legally have to tell anyone that you are living with hep C.

Who you tell is absolutely up to you. You might feel better if you talk about it with a trusted friend or relative, but you don’t ever have to tell them.

 

Hep C disclosure in the workplace

 

The only 2 work situations that require you to tell your employer that you have hep C is:

  • If you are a health worker who performs exposure prone procedures.
  • If you are in the Australian Defence Force.

You can find out more detail here.

 

Hep C discrimination and stigma

 

Discrimination against you, because you are living with hep C, is never ok. If you are experiencing hep C related discrimination, phone the Hepatitis Infoline to speak to someone who can offer support and help you work out what to do next.

Find out more about hep C and you

 

If you’re part of any of the communities we’ve listed above, or have recently found out you have  hep C, you may want to speak to someone about how you’re feeling. Phone the Hepatitis Infoline to ask any questions that you might have about hep C. The Hepatitis Infoline offers confidential info, support and referrals.

 

This page last updated 16 May 2019

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