Viral Hepatitis (Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C)

Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C are two of the viruses that can cause inflammation of the liver.

Both Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C are spread through contact with infected blood. Activities such as sharing injecting equipment, unsterile tattooing and body piercing or unsterile medical procedures will put you at risk of contracting Hepatitis C or Hepatitis B. Hepatitis B is also present in sexual fluids and can be transmitted via sexual contact.

Vaccination against Hepatitis B is available. There is no vaccination to prevent Hepatitis C, however there are ways to prevent exposure as well as to prevent the spread of hepatitis to others. An estimated 280,000 people in Australia have contracted Hepatitis C.

If you are living with Hepatitis B or C it is important to know that there are effective treatments available for most types of these viruses. In addition to this, there are a range of lifestyle choices that will help your body cope better with hepatitis.

We provide a range of fixed and outreach viral hepatitis services to the community. Services provided include:

  • Information and education about Hepatitis A, B and C prevention, management and treatment
  • Testing and treatment for Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C
  • Hepatitis B and A vaccination for defined target groups

Medicare card may be required for specialist services.

Hepatitis testing is also available from sexual health servicesAboriginal Medical Service or GPs. Free Hep C testing is available through the post – please see the Dried Blood Spot website.

For further information:

Call the Hep C Helpline 1800 803 990

Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM) provides a range of hepatitis related information for healthcare workers including: