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Hep C stigma causing pain and claiming lives among Aboriginal Australians

Date posted: 21 February 2014

Indigenous Australians are almost three times more likely to contract hepatitis C than the rest of the population and now a research team says that the stigma that comes with the disease is also claiming lives.

The researchers say people have been cut off from their families for years, not allowed to go near their children, and some committed suicide.

The largest survey of Aboriginal people with hepatitis C also found at least one Aboriginal Medical Service declined to treat people with the disease.

The University of New South Wales research team is calling on prisons to institute clean needle and syringe programs where they believe a large proportion of the infections take place.

Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation


Last updated: 20 February 2014
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