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Hepatitis C and people who inject drugs: The family experience
17 Jul 2017
- Most family members have heard of hepatitis C, but their knowledge is not always in depth.
- Most family members are worried about the risk of their loved one contracting hepatitis C, although other drug-related issues are often more significant.
- Hepatitis C causes a range of impacts on family life, including an increase in the intensity of the caring role, fears about transmission, strain on relationships and stigma.
- Family members had mixed experiences of seeking information and support and playing a role in treatment.
Family members also told us how their experiences could be improved, for example by increasing awareness of hepatitis C, enabling family members to be more involved in the treatment process and providing support for families in their own right.