Hep C testing underway at Anglicare Glenorchy

Hep C Testing Day Confidential free blood test

Are you or someone you know at risk of developing Hepatitis C?

Anglicare Tasmania invites people who may be at risk of having or developing Hepatitis C to its Glenorchy office for a free test during January and February.

Part of the Tasmanian Government’s Eliminate Hepatitis C outreach program, this simple test can set you on your way to getting and staying well.

Testing is performed by a trained nurse from Sexual Health Service Tasmania in a confidential environment. Staff from Anglicare’s Needle and Syringe Program are also on hand to provide you with additional support, on request.

It is possible to live with the virus without feeling sick, so the earlier you seek treatment the better.

What is Hepatitis C?

‘Hep C’ is a blood-borne virus that damages a person’s liver.  Transmission can occur if injecting equipment is shared or you get a tattoo done with equipment that hasn’t been sterilised, but it’s important to understand that any blood-to-blood contact carries this risk.

David’s story

Testing and treatment have been life-changing for Anglicare client, *David.

David attributed his fatigue, joint pain, poor appetite and depression to simply getting older. When it was suggested that he might have Hepatitis C, David became very anxious about his health and what people would think.

“Getting tested and then accessing treatment when my test came back positive was so quick and easy,” he says.

“Because the whole process was confidential and professional, I didn’t feel judged. Now I feel much better in myself and I don’t have to worry about long-term damage to my liver any more. It’s also good to know that I can’t pass the virus on to someone else.”

*not his real name.

What:                  FREE testing for the Hepatitis C virus – no appointment is necessary

When:                 10.00 a.m.—4.00 p.m. every FRIDAY in January until the end of February 2021

(The clinic is closed between 12.00 p.m. and 12.30 p.m.)

Where:                Anglicare’s Glenorchy office, 436 Main Road, Glenorchy

Who:                     Anyone at risk of developing Hepatitis C, even if you don’t display any symptoms.

You will need to bring your Medicare card and provide a contact phone number.

If you would like further information, please contact Anglicare on 1800 243 242.  The testing clinic will move to Anglicare’s Burnie office at 51 Wilmot Street, Burnie in April next year.

Click here for more information on Hepatitis C treatment.

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