It is predicted that around 50,000 New Zealanders have hepatitis C, although around half of them are unaware they have it. Some people are more likely to be at risk of having contracted hepatitis C than others due to circumstances in their lives, such as:
If you have injected drugs, even just once, then there is a chance you have hepatitis C. You can also be re-infected with hepatitis C, even if you have been treated for it in the past. If one of the above risk factors applies to you since your treatment, you should get tested to be sure.
The only way to be certain about hepatitis C is to be tested. Delaying this test may result in damage to your liver, so if you think you are at risk it is best to get tested right away.