Hepatitis C is curable – but you need to get tested so that you can get treated!
From February 2019, a new medication (Mavriet) became available to all people with Hep C, regardless of genotype. This has made a cure possible for nearly everyone.
You might have heard stories about the old types of hepatitis C treatments – Interferon and Ribavirin – but this new medication works faster, has a higher success rate, less side effects and a 98%+ cure rate.
Click here for more information about the new treatment Maviret.
Important things to know.
Don’t forget that once you have been cured of hepatitis C, you are not immune – you can be re-infected. You still need to make sure you are taking steps to avoid getting hepatitis C. Keep yourself and others safe by using new equipment every time.
Do I have to stop using to get treated for Hep C?
You do not have to stop using to get a Hep C test or to receive treatment. If you are told that you do, speak to staff at one of our exchanges and we’ll be able to assist.
Hepatitis C is spread through blood-to-blood contact, which means you need to avoid any ways someone’s blood could get into yours. You cannot get hepatitis C from any other kind of contact like touching, sneezing, coughing or using the same toilet.
Staying safe is simple – use new equipment every time!
Never share any of your drug injecting equipment with anyone else, including needles, syringes, spoons, filters, water, swabs, dregs or tourniquets.
Don’t forget that blood can end up on any of your equipment. The amount of blood needed to spread hepatitis C is so tiny, you can’t even see it and Hep C can live for a number of weeks outside of the body.
The New Zealand Needle Exchange Programme can provide you with all the equipment you need, as well as advice or information about hepatitis C, injecting and more. You can find out where we are.
If you have Hep C, to avoid infecting others you should take the following steps: