Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus that causes inflammation of the liver. It is transferred through blood-to-blood contact. Many people do not feel ill when first infected with hepatitis C, however some people might experience flu-like symptoms or jaundice.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent hepatitis C infection, but treatments are available that can help decrease inflammation of the liver, minimise long-term complications and possibly prevent transmission to others.

Requirements for students

Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences students undertaking placement are required to be aware of their hepatitis C infection status. Students must be tested for current infection within 12 months prior to course commencement and seek immediate medical advice following any possible exposure, whether or not the exposure occurs during an occupation-related activity.

Dental and oral health students are required to be tested at least once annually for hepatitis C infection to reduce the risk of transmitting a blood-borne virus to a patient when performing exposure-prone procedures.

Students are not required to disclose any current infections to the University, however it is strongly recommended that concerned students arrange a confidential discussion with their course coordinator or other senior academic to discuss study and career implications.

Note: Health care workers, including students, must not perform exposure-prone procedures if they are infected with hepatitis C.

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