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Personal Stories

Men Aged 30-39

Here you’ll find participants’ accounts of hepatitis C diagnosis, living with hepatitis C, treatment and cure. The people and stories were carefully selected to highlight diversity in backgrounds and experiences. While this website is not able to tell every possible story of hepatitis C and treatment in Australia, it can show just how different people and their experiences are. In the stories can be found details of the many important concerns and circumstances our participants negotiated in living with and having treatment for hepatitis C.

The stories presented here rely on participant reports of overdose. Some experiences may not conform to medical definitions of overdose, and some responses described may not reflect medical advice.

While these narratives were written from the interview transcripts and rely on participants’ own words, some aspects have been paraphrased to improve coherence and readability. In making these changes we have worked hard to remain faithful to the original meaning and intentions. Some experiences may also be presented in other sections of the website, using more detailed quotations.

Anthony learnt about hepatitis C in 2006, just before he started injecting drugs, because his girlfriend had acquired it.
During a period when Danny was partying and consuming drugs regularly, he started to feel unwell and received a hepatitis C diagnosis.
Dominic found out he had hepatitis C through a check-up at a community drop-in centre around 2002, when he was 18.
Ricky was diagnosed with hepatitis C a month before his interview in 2020
When Sam was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 2018, he didn’t know much about the virus
Terence was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 2016 after leaving prison