Many people continue to feel stigmatized by hepatitis C status.
Many people who contracted hepatitis C through contaminated blood still feel stigmatised by the condition, support organisation Transfusion Positive has said.
Maura Long, chairwoman of the organisation, said the public often does not understand the condition.
“People imagine that if you are a man you got it from many other sources; they just don’t think of a blood transfusion. Unless it comes to your door you don’t educate yourself on everything.”
She said some people with the condition were reluctant to meet the organisation publicly. “If we are having a Transfusion Positive meeting and it is in a local area, they might decide to travel 50 miles to a different meeting so they will be outside their own area so nobody will know,” Ms Long said.
“We have a member who travels 57 miles to get his prescription because he doesn’t want the local chemist to know he is infected.”
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