Get hep C tested

About 50,000 New Zealanders have hepatitis C. Left untreated it can lead to liver cancer.

Hepatitis C is transmitted by blood-to-blood activities that pierce the skin. You are at increased risk if you have:

  • ever injected drugs
  • ever received a tattoo or body piercing using unsterile equipment
  • had a blood transfusion before 1992
  • ever lived or received medical treatment in a high-risk country
  • ever been in prison
  • been born to a mother living with hepatitis C.

The most common way of getting hepatitis C is through activities related to intravenous drug use. So if you’ve ever injected, even if it was only once back in the day, you should get tested.

The great news is there’s a cure – treatment is easy to get and easier to take.

Contact your GP to get tested.

Hepatitis C tests may also be available from community based health professionals in places other than in general practice or hospital. See details about these services in each DHB region.

. Inspiring stories

Watch stories of how Kiwis have dealt with hepatitis C in their lives.

. Links to further information

Read our FAQ

Ministry of Health – information on hepatitis C including symptoms and treatment

PHARMAC – find out about available funded treatments for hepatitis C on the PHARMAC site.

Test me, treat meinformation website from treatment provider AbbVie.

© The Hepatitis Foundation of New Zealand 2016