WHO NEEDS A HEPATITIS C TEST?
How many people in Australia have Hep C?
It is estimated that 200,000 people in Australia were living with hep C at the end of 2017.[i] That is enough people to fill the Melbourne Cricket Ground twice over. Many people with hep C have little or no symptoms; however hep C can damage the liver slowly and silently and years later cause cirrhosis, liver cancer, or liver failure.[ii] That’s why it is important to find out if you have hep C.
Should I get tested for Hep C?
Please answer the following questions truthfully. If you answer YES to one or more of the questions, then you should ask your Doctor for a hep C test.
Has your work ever put you in contact with blood, blood products, or needles?
· Health Care– doctors, nurses, dentists, dental workers, hospital cleaning services.
· Emergency Services– police officers, firefighters, paramedics
Have you experienced one or more of the following?
· Blood transfusion prior to 1990
· Received blood products prior to 1990
· Had a medical or dental procedure done overseas
· Unexplained chronic fatigue/tiredness
Does one or more of the following apply to you?
· Had a tattoo
· Had a body piercing
· Shared a razor, toothbrush, nail clippers, scissors or any item that could carry blood
· Inhaled/snorted cocaine or other drugs
· Shared injecting equipment (even once)
For more information on hepatitis C contact the National Hepatitis Info Line on 1800 437 222.
1.Kirby Institute, HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections:
Annual Surveillance Report 2017. UNSW, Sydney Australia.
2. World Health Organization Hepatitis C factsheet. Updated July 2017. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs164/en/
Page Updated 03 July 2018