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Age & Gender
Women Aged 30-39
Women Aged 40-49
Women Aged 50+
Men Aged 30-39
Men Aged 40-49
Men Aged 50+
Non-Binary Aged 30-39
Experiences of the old (interferon-based) treatment only
Experiences of the new (DAA) treatment only
Experiences of both new (DAA) and old (interferon-based) treatments
No treatment experience
Being diagnosed with hepatitis C
Living with hepatitis C
Treatment decisions: Family, friends and other important relationships
Reflecting on Experiences of Treatment and Cure
Dealing with Stigma and Discrimination
After Cure: Health and Life in General
Obstacles to Having the New Hepatitis C Treatment
Perspectives on the New Hepatitis C Treatment
Advice and messages to others
Resources & Information
Team & Thanks
Experiences of the new treatment only
Alexander was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 1996 when he was in prison and says that while he wanted to be cured of it, over the years he was ‘never that concerned’.
Amelia was diagnosed with hepatitis C while she was pregnant with her son, and postponed treatment until after she had given birth.
Carol runs a small business in a regional town in New South Wales. She was first diagnosed with hepatitis C in the early 2000s, but it cleared spontaneously, without treatment.
Chris was diagnosed with hepatitis C in the early 1990s. He was very conscious of the stigma surrounding the virus and chose not to tell many people about his diagnosis.
Dominic found out he had hepatitis C through a check-up at a community drop-in centre around 2002, when he was 18.
In the early 1990s Gracie found out she had hepatitis C after her new partner asked her to get tested for it.
Julia found out she had hepatitis C while pregnant with her first child.
Kylie was diagnosed with hepatitis C in the late 1990s. She was advised not to have treatment at the time, and she lived with the disease until she had the new treatment in 2017.
Lou works and studies part-time
Mem was diagnosed with hepatitis C shortly after giving birth in 2006
Miguel acquired hepatitis C during a period in which, as he puts it, he was a ‘party animal’
Paulie was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 2002
Regina was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 2009 after a blood test for a hysterectomy showed she had the virus
Rod was first diagnosed with hepatitis C in the early 2000s
Sana was first diagnosed with a ‘blood infection’ in India in about 2008, before being diagnosed with hepatitis C in Australia in 2019
While Sean wasn’t diagnosed with hepatitis C until 2001, he says he thinks he acquired it as a teenager in the late 1990s
Steve was diagnosed with hepatitis C in about 2005
Terence was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 2016 after leaving prison