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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 eight to 12 weeks of treatment. The names of these treatments are glecaprevir and pibrentasvir (Maviret) and ledipasvir with sofosbuvir (Harvoni).

Should I get tested for hepatitis C?

You should get tested for hepatitis C if:

Where can I get tested for hepatitis C?

Ask your doctor or nurse to be tested.

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Information provided by the Canterbury DHB. Adapted by the West Coast DHB. Last reviewed September 2017. Last updated February 2019.

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