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.



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