Are people who inject drugs more at risk of Hepatitis C?
In Australia around 80% of people with hep C get it from sharing drug injecting equipment.
Anything you use in the injecting process could have blood on it, even tiny amounts you can’t see. Those small amounts of blood are enough to pass on hep C to someone else. This means that the safest way to inject is to use all your own stuff including fits (needles and syringes), spoons, swabs, water, cotton wool, filters, tourniquets, and hands (don’t let someone else inject you).
Click here to see the AIVL Guide to Safer Injecting – some information on safer injecting developed by people who inject drugs.
If you do have hepatitis C you can get treatment to get rid of and be cured, even if you inject drugs. The new treatments typically last 12 weeks and don’t have many side effects. Call the Hepatitis Infoline on 1800 803 990 to help you to find out more about treatment or read more here about hep C treatment in our factsheets.
Are people who inject steroids at risk of Hep C?
It’s the process of injecting and using equipment to inject that puts people at risk of getting hep C. 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. Always use your own needles from a fresh sterile packet and don’t share swabs or anything else.
Here’s a link to a useful guide published by the UK organisation Exchange Supplies that contains information on injecting anabolic steroids.
This page was last updated 17 March 2017.