“I am a Hep Hero because I believe that together, we can reduce the stigma surrounding hepatitis, and help ensure that more people are able to live healthier, happier lives.’’
I contracted the hepatitis C from IV drug use between 1979 and 1983. At that time I was experimenting with IV drugs, which was quite common amongst my peers. In those days there was no public awareness about the transmission of blood borne viruses.
“I am a Hep Hero because I care deeply about the 250,000 Australians living with hepatitis C of which I am one; and the need for all of us to access the new drugs through the PBS as soon as possible. I am doing all in my power to influence the government to do this, as has been done in most overseas countries. Every voice counts!”
I arrived from Scotland in 1971 as part of the British boy’s immigrant movement, with my green 3-piece suit and $23. I had just turned 17 years old and the adventure began. My family was back in Scotland and being on my own I fell into some bad company and got involved with heroin. By 1976 I had changed my life around and did not use intravenous drugs never again.
“I am a Hep Hero because I believe that with a coordinated response we can reduce new infections, provide better care and save lives.”
“I am a Hep Hero because I’m “sick and tired” of feeling isolated about having hep C”
"I am a Hep Hero because I was out and proud of my status"
"I am a Hep Hero because I hung in there with my hep C meds and cleared the virus, despite hideous side effects and 2 rounds of treatment. (This was before the new meds were available.)"
"I am a Hepatitis Hero firstly, to help spread the word about the devastating impact that viral hepatitis can have on those who are infected if they are not able to access proper medical care; and secondly, as a tribute to those very people living with viral hepatitis - they are the real heroes”
"I'm a Hepatitis Hero because stigma prevails when good people say nothing”.
I work at the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation in the sexual health and blood borne viruses team. I previously worked in Redfern with people who inject drugs as an outreach worker at the Redfern Needle Syringe Program.