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.

WORK HISTORY

Has your work ever put you in contact with blood, blood products, or needles?  
For example:

·         Health Care– doctors, nurses, dentists, dental workers, hospital cleaning services.

·         Emergency Services– police officers, firefighters, paramedics

MEDICAL HISTORY

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

LIFESTYLE

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)

MORE INFORMATION

For more information on hepatitis C contact the National Hepatitis Info Line on 1800 437 222.

REFERENCES

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