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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, it can lead to permanent liver damage (called cirrhosis) or liver cancer. There's no vaccine against Hepatitis C.

Treatments for hepatitis C can cure more than 90% of people infected with the virus after eight to 12 weeks of treatment. The names of these treatments are glecaprevir and pibrentasvir (Maviret) and ledipasvir with sofosbuvir (Harvoni).

Your GP may be able to get funding to help with your treatment costs. Check with your GP.

Hepatitis C testing

You should get tested for hepatitis C if:

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. Last reviewed July 2017. Last updated April 2019.


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