Let’s Eliminate Hepatitis C

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What is hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C is a blood borne virus. It is transmitted when infected blood enters
another person’s blood stream. If left untreated it can cause liver disease, liver
cancer and death.

Risk factors:

There are a number of risk factors for hepatitis C…

  • Sharing drug injecting equipment or other drug using equipment
    (including syringes, needles, spoons, water or filters for drawing up, crack
    pipes, or snorting straws/notes).
  • Blood transfusion before 1996.
  • Dental or medical treatment abroad in unsterile conditions.
  • Piercing, tattoo, electrolysis, semi-permanent make up or acupuncture
    using equipment which may have not been sterilised.
  • Vertical transmission (from mother to baby during childbirth).
  • Unprotected sex with someone who may have had hepatitis C (especially
    if there were opportunities for blood to blood contact during sex).
  • Needle stick injury.


Not everyone experiences symptoms
of an early hepatitis C infection.
Symptoms can be misinterpreted as
another illness.