If you inject drugs, you are most at risk of getting hepatitis C, particularly if you share injecting equipment. But the great news is, you don’t have to live with hepatitis C as a new treatment is now available and you can be cured!
This is a game changer for our community. Make sure you know the score!
90% of new hepatitis C cases in New Zealand are in our community and most of us don’t even know we have it. Hepatitis C spreads through blood-to-blood contact, and infected blood can remain in injecting equipment and utensils for a long time. Hepatitis C can be spread by sharing injecting equipment including needles, syringes, spoons, filter dregs – the whole works! It only takes a tiny amount of blood to spread hepatitis C.
The only way you can know if you have hepatitis C is to get tested. Check out information on this website on how to get tested.
You don’t need to live with hepatitis C any longer, as the new treatment available has few side effects, is 98% effective, and typically only takes 8 – 12 weeks to complete. Those old days of lengthy, slow and less successful treatments are long gone! Others in our community have experienced having more energy, feeling more positive and feeling generally better after completing the new treatment.
As a community we can work towards eliminating hepatitis C by getting tested, treated and always using new equipment every time.