Stigma and Discrimination
Unfortunately, people knowing, or thinking, you have
hepatitis B and/or hepatitis C, can mean that they treat you differently to other people.
This can be distressing, and contribute to internal feelings of shame or other
unpleasant feelings. It can also have a very real effect on your social
experiences, including the services you are provided with, and the quality of those
Here we aim to give you more information about stigma
and discrimination: what it means; when you have to
disclose you have hepatitis B and/or C; what your rights are if someone has
treated you poorly; and, issues to consider if you work with people who have
hepatitis B and/or C.
We also want to hear from you about your
personal experiences and what approaches you think would be useful in trying to
end stigma and discrimination!
Hepatitis Victoria wishes to clarify that the information provided does not purport to be formal legal advice but is for reference purposes only. We do not guarantee or accept legal liability for the material contained on this website. Users should seek appropriate independent professional advice prior to relying on, or entering into any commitment based on material published here.