Advice and Messages to Others
Quotes are presented word for word apart from minor editing for readability and clarity. Identifying details have been removed. Square brackets show text that has been added or, where ellipses (three dots) appear, show that text has been removed. For example, ‘I had the nurses explaining to me, like, how easy it was […to have] treatment and I went to the [hospital liver clinic] and there was a doctor … can’t think of her last name, really nice lady […] Yeah, she explained everything to me and said it was a good time for me to do it now and, yeah, [I] just stuck with her and got that done.’
The people whose stories are presented on this website are keen to share what they’ve learnt through their experiences of hepatitis C and treatment for the disease. Several offer general advice for other people considering treatment. Those with experiences of treatment reflect on what helped them through it or advice they wished they’d received before starting. Others focus on the specific issue of stigma and discrimination (see also, Dealing with stigma and discrimination), while some also have messages for health professionals involved in hepatitis C treatment.
Overall, this section of the website covers important messages that the individuals we spoke to wanted other people affected by hepatitis C to receive.