What is hepatitis?
The medical term "hepatic" relates to the liver and "hepatitis" means "inflammation of the liver". Chronic (long-term) inflammation of the liver can result in liver damage or failure if left untreated. Liver damage can be caused by many different things - drinking too much alcohol, injury, autoimmune disorder, adverse drug reactions, or viruses such as hepatitis B or C.
Contact The Hepatitis Foundation of New Zealand on 0800 33 20 10.
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Risk factors for hepatitis B:
- Over 25 years and of Maori, Pacific Island, or Asian ethnicity;
- Born in Asia or the Pacific Islands;
- Mother or a close family member has hepatitis B;
- Live with someone who has hepatitis B.
For more information about hepatitis B, click here.
Risk factors for hepatitis C:
- Ever injected drugs;
- Ever got a tattoo or body piercing using unsterile equipment;
- Lived, or had medical attention in a high risk country (South East Asia, China, Eastern Europe (including Russia), or the Middle East);
- Had a blood transfusion, or received blood products, prior to 1992;
- Ever been in prison;
- Was born to a mother living with hepatitis C.
For more information about hepatitis C, click here.