What puts you at risk?

Tattoo gun on white backgroundHepatitis C is transmitted when the blood of an infected person enters the blood stream of another person. The risk factors include:

  • Unsterile injecting practices (including sharing any equipment, water, tourniquets, and through unclean hands and surfaces)
  • Unsterile tattooing or body piercing (including DIY, backyard and some overseas practitioners)
  • Unsterile medical, surgical, or dental procedures and immunisation overseas (particularly developing countries)
  • Sharing razors, toothbrushes, clippers or other personal effects with someone who has hepatitis C
  • Unsterile cultural practices involving blood
  • Coming into contact with infected blood of another person (for example disability care, nursing, first aid, and fighting)
  • Vertical transmission (from mother to child)
  • Having received blood products in Australia before 1991
  • Needle stick injuries
  • Unsafe sex in certain circumstances