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:
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.
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.
Watch stories of how Kiwis have dealt with hepatitis C in their lives.
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 me – information website from treatment provider AbbVie.