Should I get tested?

Rapid testing

Find out if you have hepatitis C. All it takes is a fingerprick and 60 minutes.

A national testing program using this new technology will be rolled out in the near future. Meanwhile, hepatitis C rapid testing is available at selected locations in Australia including the Riverland in August 2022.

To find out more about hepatitis C rapid testing, call 1800 437 222.

Should I get tested?

Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by the blood-borne hepatitis C virus. Over time, it can lead to serious liver disease including liver failure and liver cancer.

There are about 120,000 Australians living with hepatitis C.

1 in 5 people with hepatitis C don't know they have it

1 in 5 people with hepatitis C don't know they have it.

You may have been exposed to the virus and not realise it. Exposure can happen through:

  • sharing injecting equipment
  • unsterile tattooing
  • home body piercing or body art
  • medical, dental or cosmetic procedures with unsterile equipment
  • blood transfusions before 1990 or
  • any situation where open cuts or wounds might have been exposed to another person’s blood.

If you don’t know your status and don’t know if you might have been at risk, consider taking a test.

Talk to us about free hep C rapid testing

Hepatitis Helpline on 1800 437 222 (1800 HEP ABC)
Webchat at

For more information on hepatitis C tests, why they're done and what the results mean visit the Hepatitis C Testing page on the Hepatitis SA website.

Hepatitis C Self-Assessment Guide

An estimated 4,500 South Australians are living with the hepatitis C virus.

This self-assessment guide will help you find out if you may have been exposed to the hepatitis C virus. It will only take a few minutes and is completely anonymous.

Hepatitis C Self-Assessment Guide