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This campaign has been reproduced with permission from Hepatitis NSW 's C the person not the disease campaign Jan 2014.
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.
Below are a number of resources which we hope you will find useful, available to download.
CLINICAL TOOL FOR DECISION MAKING
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.
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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.
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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.
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To make a pledge, please fill out the form below.
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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.