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Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is caused by the hepatitis C virus, which spreads through contact with an infected person’s blood. This virus damages your liver.

People often don't know they're infected with hepatitis C, because the virus may not cause any symptoms for several years. But if hepatitis C is not diagnosed and treated then it can lead to permanent liver damage (called cirrhosis) or liver cancer. There is no vaccine against Hepatitis C.

New treatments for hepatitis C can cure more than 90% of people infected with the virus, after 12 weeks of treatment. The brand names of these treatments are Harvoni, Viekira Pak, and Viekira Pak-RBV.

Should I get tested for hepatitis C?

You should get tested for hepatitis C if:

Where can I get tested for hepatitis C?

You can get tested at your GP surgery or at the Hepatitis C Community Clinic.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by GP liaison, Gastroenterology, Canterbury DHB. Updated July 2017.

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