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World Hepatitis Day

World Hepatitis Day is marked globally on 28 July.

This is part of a worldwide campaign to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030.

In 2024 the national theme is It’s time for action, reminding us that that hepatitis C and liver health remains an important issue for our community and that acting now is vital.

World Hepatitis Day 28 July

Don't put it off

Do you know your hep C status? Find out if you don’t know.

Hep C can be cured. Treatment is simple.

Do you need liver health monitoring? Ask your doctor.

A healthy liver is vital for all of us.

Hep C and bleeding disorders

In Australia many people with bleeding disorders acquired hepatitis C from their plasma-derived clotting factor treatment products or other blood products before 1993. Several safety measures were introduced by 1993 and the risk of bloodborne viruses from plasma-derived clotting factor products in Australia is now considered to be extremely low. But many people in our community live on with the consequences of those early infections.

Who is at risk?

It’s estimated that 1 in 5 Australians do not know they have hep C.

For some people with bleeding disorders, it has been a surprise to find out they were exposed to hepatitis C, especially if they only had one or two treatments over their lifetime. This includes:

  • women who carry the gene
  • women and men with mild haemophilia or VWD

You could be at risk

Is this you or someone you know? Have you ever been tested for hep C? If not, now is the time to be tested – and have treatment to be cured, if you do have hep C!

Treatment and cure

Hep C treatments now are radically different to the early interferon treatments.

  • Very high cure rates – over 95%
  • One-daily tablets
  • Few if any side effects.

Most Australians with bleeding disorders and hep C have now been cured – but some need ongoing care of their liver health.

Post cure liver health

Were you cured of hep C? Has your liver recovered?

You might think it’s all OK, but it’s easy to miss symptoms of liver disease. It’s a temptation to put your liver health out of your mind once you are cured. But if you don’t know the state of your liver health when you were cured, find out today. Ignoring your liver health can have serious consequences.

Take action now. Contact your hepatitis doctor or your GP to check your liver test results.

Find out if you need ongoing follow-up with a liver specialist.

Remember: If you had cirrhosis or extensive scarring before being cured of hep C, you will still need to have a liver ultrasound scan every 6 months long-term. 

How can you keep your liver in good shape? 

Click here for 5 ways to keep your liver healthy. 

Q: Can I have gene therapy if I’ve had hep C?

A: Yes, as long as you have been cured or you are HCV PCR negative (no active virus in your blood) and your liver is showing signs that it is functioning normally. Talk to your doctor about this and they may refer you to a liver specialist for a liver assessment with an ultrasound, and blood tests to show that your liver is healthy.

There are things you can do to prepare your liver for gene therapy. Click here to find out more.

Personal stories

What are the experiences of other Australians with bleeding disorders? Read their stories about hep C and looking after their liver health.

Find out more

Visit the national World Hepatitis Day website

Read more about treatment and people with bleeding disorders on the HFA website

Read more about curing hep C on the Hepatitis Australia website

As a Partner in the national World Hepatitis Day Campaign, HFA works with Hepatitis Australia and State and Territory Foundations on the annual national awareness campaign and is committed to making a difference on hepatitis C in Australia.

Date last reviewed: 16 July 2024

Important Note: This information was developed by Haemophilia Foundation Australia for education and information purposes only and does not replace advice from a treating health professional. Always see your health care provider for assessment and advice about your individual health before taking action or relying on published information. This information may be printed or photocopied for educational purposes.

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