Catching blood-borne viruses like Hepatitis C is a risk of problem drug use, especially when sharing needles. Hepatitis C predominantly infects liver cells. This can cause inflammation and significant damage to the liver and prevent it working properly.
Although always regarded as a liver disease, recent research has shown that virus affects a few other areas of the body, including the digestive system, the lymphatic system, the immune system and the brain.
We focus heavily in our substance use services on prevention and treating people who have or at risk of Hep C, to improve their overall health and outcomes.