In Australia around 80% of people who get hep C are exposed to the virus through shared drug injecting equipment.
If you’re someone who injects drugs then it makes sense to know how to keep yourself and others safe.
There is a safer injecting guide that has been developed by people who inject drugs to help you check what you do when you inject.
Click here to see the AIVL Guide to Safer Injecting
In general it’s important to remember that anything you use in the injecting process could have blood on it. Hep C can be passed on through microscopic amounts of blood to small to see with just your eyes. This means that the safest way to inject is to use all your own stuff, not just your own fits. This includes spoon, swabs, water, cotton wool or filter, tourniquet and hands.
Hep C treatment is available to everyone – even if you inject drugs. Finding a liver clinic you trust is important and the Hepatitis Infoline 1800 803 990 can help you to find out where you can access treatment.
If you inject steroids with friends or with gym buddies it’s important to know how to do so without putting yourself or your mates at risk of hep C.
Here’s a link to a useful guide. It’s published by the UK organisation Exchange Supplies and contains information on injecting anabolic steroids.
This page was last updated 25 May 2016.