The word “hepatitis” means liver inflammation, there are a number of hepatitis viruses including A, B & C. They differ in the way they are transmitted and the symptoms they cause and may require different treatments. They can all affect humans and they all target the liver.
Is a viral infection of the liver and is spread by the faecal-oral route including contaminated food, water or direct contact with an infected person. Vaccination and good hygiene prevents infection. Hepatitis A NSW Health Factsheet.
Is a virus that can cause damage to the liver. It is sometimes called Hep B or HBV. Hep B is in all body fluids but is spread through direct blood contact and unprotected sex. Getting vaccinated is the best prevention. Hepatitis B NSW Health Factsheet.
Also known as Hep C is a liver illness caused by infection with the hepatitis C virus. Hep C is passed by blood to blood contact with someone who already has the virus. This may involve sharing of drug injecting equipment and to a lesser degree unsterile tattooing and skin piercing or medical needle stick injuries. Hep C is relatively easy to treat. Left untreated it can lead to serious liver disease. Hepatitis C NSW Health Factsheet.
How will our Hepatitis Service help you?
Our clinic staff provide free testing, support, assessment and treatment for chronic hepatitis C in a safe and private space.
We run programs to increase awareness of Hepatitis and supply information resources.
- Hepatitis C diagnosis, assessment and treatment
Further information about Hepatitis:
Hepatitis NSW provides information, support, referral and advocacy for people affected by viral hepatitis in NSW. We also provide workforce development and education services both to prevent the transmission of viral hepatitis and to improve services for those affected by it.
NSW Users and AIDS Association (NUAA) is the peak drug user organisation in NSW. NUAA provides education, practical support, information and advocacy to users of illicit drugs, their friends, and allies.