It is not right or fair but some people may react negatively or rudely if you tell them about your hep C. There are only a small number of situations in which the law requires you to tell that you have, or ever had hep C.
Who do you have to tell if you have hep C?
- people must inform the blood bank in pre-blood donation questionnaires (because you cannot donate blood if you have had hep C)
- men must also disclose when they seek to donate sperm
- you have a responsibility to disclose your status if you are a health care worker in NSW who conducts exposure-prone procedures and is PCR positive (phone the Hepatitis Infoline for more information)
- some insurance policies (particularly life insurance) require that you disclose any infections, disabilities, or illnesses that might influence the insurance company’s decision to insure you. Income protection insurance may also fall into this category
- if you are a member of the Australian Defence Force (Navy, Army, Air Force) and you have hep C, you must disclose this. You may be required to leave the forces if you have hep C, although this is determined on a case-by-case basis
- if you are in competition boxing or martial arts
Before you tell others it may be useful to talk to the Hepatitis Infoline and have booklets or brochures to give to the other person.
This page last updated 12 Dec 2017