Arabic:Bassam is a 40 year old man, who was born in Iraq. He came to Australia in 2013.
I was diagnosed with hepatitis C when I was 20 years old. I found out through a routine blood test in Iraq. I don’t really know how I got it, but I think it might have been from a blood transfusion I had as a child.
Chinese (Mandarin):Ling was 20 years old when she came to Australia from mainland China. She came here with her husband. That was in 2010. While here, she had 2 children.
I first found out I had hepatitis C during my first pregnancy. I was living in Australia, and I was shocked as I didn’t know how I got the virus.
Vietnamese:Hanh is in her 60’s. She was born in Vietnam. She and her husband came to Australia as refugees. She has been living here for 32 years.
In 2006, I found out I had hepatitis C after a blood test at my GP. I went to the GP for a general check-up and was offered the hepatitis B vaccination. I asked about testing for other types of hepatitis. When the test for hepatitis C was positive, I was very surprised because I had never felt unwell.
(MHAHS would like to acknowledge the courage of the people whose stories are told in these videos. The stories are drawn from a wide cross section of migrant and refugee experiences. Some actors were used in presenting these stories to protect the identity of the persons who gave us their stories.)
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