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tion (STI) mitted infec s n a tr y ll a u etting t a sex w risk of it g lo Hep C is no ry e v a y lood usuall or blood-to-b and there is IV H If . x e s r. uring risk is highe passed on d though, the d e lv o v in contact is s to be on, there ha d e ss a p e b the blood For hep C to his is when T . ct ta n co d o eone else's blood-to-blo enters som C p e h h it w ith someone of someone having sex w re a u yo afe sex If . the usual s e k bloodstream ta , d n u blood aro ental dam. and there is condom or d a se u d n a precautions

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Here are some examples of things that incre ase the risk of blood-to-blood contact in a sexual situation:

1 anal sex OR SEX without lube 3 open cuts, sores OR stis 4 infected OR new piercings 5 genital OR anal wounds 6 blood rituals OR sMbD 7 bleeding gums + oral sex 8 fisting + no gloves 9 Drug use - INCLUDING snorting and injecting drugs 10 piercing tools 11 menstruation/periods Here are some examples of things that will lower the risk of blood-to-blood contact in a sexual situa tion:

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use condoms + lube change condoms between partners during group sex use condoms on sex toys use gloves for fisting cover any cuts and try to avoid blood during sex use your own injecting and snorting equipment 13


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WORKING IT? Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP)

We provide HIV, HEP C, STIs and sexual health information, safer injecting equipment, support, free condoms & lube. Phone

(02) 9206 2166 Email

infoswop@acon.org.au Address Visit our website

www.swop.org.au

Level 4, 414 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010

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For multilingual hepatitis C factsheets, go to:

www.multiculturalhivhepc.net.au

You will also find:

C factsheets in more than 20 languages • HIV and hepatitis including plain English heets for people living with HIV and people • Multilingual facts with chronic hepatitis C s of multilingual resources • Order forms for free hardcopie and ethnic media contacts • Links to key research reportsbette r with people from culturally to work • Resources on llyhowdiver se (CALD) backgrounds. and linguistica

For further information E: info@multiculturalhivhepc.net.au Ph: 02-9515 5030

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Marijuana your liver

I HEART MY

LIVER

daily use of marijuana is linked to liver damage (we've found this out from recent research). People who use marijuana every day are more likely to have severe fibrosis. Fibrosis is scarring of the liver which can stop your liver from working properly.

so, if you have hep C, cutting down or quitting pot smoking is a good idea.

But – while we don’t encourage its use – occasional (light) use of marijuana has been shown to be helpful for some people in dealing with hep C treatment side effects and coping with treatment drugs.

As with alcohol intake, the key message with marijuana and hep C is moderation. Services are available to help you manage marijuana use. Phone the Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) for more information and chat to your GP. ADIS (Alcohol and Drug Information Service) 9361 8000 or 1800 422 599 from outside Sydney

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If find out I have hep C, is it ok to keep smoking cigarettes?

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Hep C is a good reason to consider cutting down or quitting smoking

New research shows that smoking can speed up the progression of liver disease in people with hep C

If you have hep C and you are also a heavy smoker of marijuana or tobacco, your chances of long-term liver damage are increased - smoking is not recommended if you have hep C. When you have hep C, if you eat well, exercise and are careful about how much alcohol you drink and the amount you smoke, you'll be doing the best you can to keep yourself healthy.

send your questions to us ON sms: 0404 440 103 ph: 1800 803 990 e: transmission@hep.org.au

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Call 131450 to organise an interpreter service You also can now chat to us live at hep.org.au


AIVL’s new online

NSP Directory & Legal Guide

The national NSP Directory is a list of needle & syringe programs across Australia. Where possible the service directory provides a contact number, address, hours of operations & types of equipment supplied. A link with Google maps will direct users to services. The Legal Guide is a state & territory reference resource of NSP & drug related laws relevant to people who use drugs. It provides information on legal issues such as; possession of needles & syringes & other paraphernalia, disposing of used equipment, rights relating to police questioning, illicit drugs & sex work.

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1800 803 990 TALK WITH SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN THROUGH HEP C TREATMENT

Call us to arrange a free and confidential call from someone who has been through hep C treatment

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3 Tell us what you think about the different parts of our magazine: (please tick one) Comic ‘Reunion' The Play List (pgs 12-13) Spot the difference (pg 14) Marijuana + your liver (pg 24) Question and Answer (pg 26)

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SPECIAL THANKS... This editions Transmission Magazine comic was developed through a series of creative workshops with sex worker participants, in collaboration with ACON Newcastle. Hepatitis NSW would like to send out a special, heartfelt thanks to the participants of the ACON workshops, who helped us to make the ‘Reunion’ storyline so honest, warm and funny!

EDITOR/DESIGNER Rhea Shortus EDITORIAL COMMITTEE Chris Gough Sonam Paljor Peter Middleton Jenny Douglas Andrew Smith Paul Harvey Bruce Cherry Tim Baxter Lisa Camillo Dion Nepia Caroline De Castro (guest SWOP member) Jackie McMillan (guest SWOP member) COMIC WRITER Tom Taylor www.tomtaylormade.com COMIC ARTIST Emily Smith www.gestaltcomics.com

Also, a big thanks to SWOP (Sex Workers Outreach Project) for joining our Editorial Committe as guest members for this edition.

Hepatitis Helpline 1800 803 990 ASIDE FROM HEPATITIS NSW EDITORIAL CONTENT, VIEWS EXPRESSED IN THIS MAGAZINE OR FLYERS ENCLOSED WITH IT, ARE NOT NECESSARILY THOSE OF HEPATITIS NSW. NEITHER ARE SUCH VIEWS NECESSARILY THOSE OF OUR FUNDING BODIES. TRANSMISSION MAGAZINE DOES NOT PROMOTE NOR CONDONE THE USE OF ILLICIT DRUGS. RATHER, IT SEEKS TO PROVIDE ACCURATE INFORMATION THAT WILL HELP PEOPLE WHO ALREADY INJECT DRUGS TO REDUCE RISKS AND MAKE SAFER CHOICES. NOTHING IN THIS MAGAZINE SHOULD BE TAKEN AS RECOMMENDING DRUG USE.

If you are a youth or health worker and would like to know more about how your clients can contribute to the development of Transmission Magazine: call the Hepatitis Helpline 1800 803 990 or email transmission@hep.org.au

Hepatitis NSW p: 02 9332 1853 f: 02 9332 1730 PO Box 432 Darlinghurst, NSW 1300 info@hep.org.au 349 Crown Street Surry Hills Sydney 2010 www.hep.org.au

Hepatitis NSW is proud to acknowledge Aboriginal people as the traditional owners and custodians of our lands and waters. ABN 30 408 095 245 A non-profit health promotion charity funded by the NSW Ministry of Health. Accredited by the Quality Improvement Council of Australia (QIC). Donations of $2 and over tax deductible


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