C the person not the disease

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C the person

not the disease

This campaign has been reproduced with permission from Hepatitis NSW 's C the person not the disease campaign Jan 2014.

The Campaign

Tackling stigma and discrimination against people living with hepatitis C

Did you know?


There are over 200,000 people in Australia living with hepatitis C;

• You may have a number of patients in your practice who aren't even aware that they are living with hepatitis C;

• Many people living with hepatitis C are reluctant to disclose their status due to stigma and discrimination; and

• Studies have shown that people living with hepatitis C face discrimination which can act as a barrier to accessing treatment and making healthy lifestyle changes.


Almost 1 in 3 people living with chronic hepatitis C report being discriminated against by a health professional on the basis of having hep C.


We acknowledge the dedication and high quality services provided by many health care workers, such as those in your practice. We are calling on you to support our anti-discrimination project C the person not the disease.


World Hepatitis Day occurs on the 28th of July each year. HepatitisWA continues to advocate awareness through the C the person not the disease campaign, with a view of increasing awareness, access to testing, treatment and care of hepatitis C.


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about hepatitis c

What is hep C?


Hepatitis C (or hep C) is a virus that can live in people’s blood.


Over time hep C causes damage to the liver.


Hep C is a ‘blood-borne’ virus.


This means for infection to happen, the blood of someone with hep C has to enter someone else’s bloodstream. This could happen when equipment for injecting, piercing or tattooing is shared.


Hep C is not generally transmitted sexually.

Most common blood borne virus in Australia


Over 230 000 Australians are living with hep C.


It might surprise you, but hep C is the most common blood borne virus in Australia (people often think of HIV first).


In fact, in Australia, almost ten times as many people are living with hep C as are living with HIV.


Treatment for hep C

At the moment, standard treatment for hep C usually lasts for either 6 months or 12 months, depending on what type of hep C you have.


Treatment involves weekly injections and taking tablets a few times a day.


People on treatment often experience side-effects, which can be serious.



HepatitisWA is calling out to WA-based general practitioners and allied health professionals

to support and become an advocate for the C The Person Not The Disease campaign.


Your commitment to the campaign through your pledge will effectively support,

and help reduce stigma and discrimination to those affected by hepatitis C.


To become an advocate please make a pledge.

Dr Lorenzo Tarquinio

Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist

"As a Liver Specialist, I see on a daily basis the anxiety and stress people living with hepatitis C experience, often caused not just by their uncertain future health but from the stigma and discrimination which exists with the diagnosis. There is no greater satisfaction than seeing patients clearing their infection with treatment. For those less fortunate who continue to live with the virus, the future is very promising. Through ongoing education, we need to overcome the misunderstanding and ignorance in the wider community, as well as in the medical profession, so that people living with hepatitis C can be supported to seek care without judgment."

Saroj Nazareth

Hepatology Nurse Practitioner

"I am a nurse practitioner

and work within a multidisciplinary team at Royal Perth Hospital and have been looking after patients with hepatitis C for the last

13 years. For many patients stigmatism is still a problem and poses chronic challenges to being accepted. At our service we endeavour not only to provide information and treatment but a sense of community and acceptance. We also support and counsel our patients to enable and empower them to cope with the psychological and physical effects of stigmatism."

Lynette Booth

CNC Hepatology

"I have worked at Hepatitis Services at Fremantle Hospital since 2001.

Some people are comfortable with their hepatitis diagnosis whilst others are deeply traumatised telling stories of self loathing or being discriminated against by family, friends and health workers.


Health care should be equally about providing empathy and compassion as it is about treatments.


Discrimination is unacceptable."

Dr Aesen Thambiran

General Practitioner

"Chronic hepatitis C is now a potentially curable infection. Paradoxically in Australia, the rates of hepatitis C related cirrhosis, liver cancer and death are expected to rise over the next few years. This is because many people living with hepatitis C are not diagnosed until they have advanced disease. Astonishingly less than 2% of people with chronic hepatitis C are treated each year. Sadly, many people living with hepatitis C have experienced discrimination when accessing health care including from their GP. In this age of improving treatment outcomes it is important that GPs offer hepatitis C screening in an open and non-judgmental manner, not only for the benefit of the individual living with hepatitis C but also for the long term sustainability of our health system."

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The HepatitisWA C the person not the disease campaign has been reproduced with permission from the Hepatitis NSW C the person not the disease campaign January 2014.