How many people in Australia have hep C?
It is estimated that 182,000 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)
Last review February 2019
i. Kirby Institute. HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections in Australia: annual surveillance report 2018. Sydney: Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney; 2018.
ii. World Health Organization Hepatitis C factsheet. Updated July 2017. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs164/en/ Accessed 25.10.17