Stigma in getting Tested for Hepatitis C


stigma for getting tested for hepatitis c due to previous drug use

  • Due to previous drug use many hepatitis C patients feel ashamed.
  • Training for office staff and healthcare personnel are keys to help and comfort possible hepatitis C patients.
  • Hepatitis C patients are usually stigmatized due to the disease and IV drug use.
  • According to Canadian Aids Treatment Information Exchange, an individual infected with hepatitis C must have a certain level of liver injury to qualify for treatment coverage in Ontario.
  • Hepatitis C treatments should be available to everyone, provided they complete the treatment and are hepatitis C free.