Get Cured

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.

  • There is a 98% chance of being cured on the new medication
  • Treatment is much quicker – it usually only takes 12 weeks
  • The side effects are significantly milder than with the old treatments
  • No more interferon injections – just take a few pills every day
  • Medication can be prescribed by your GP or at a community clinic
  • You can fill the prescription at local pharmacies or your hospital pharmacy

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.


Staying safe

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:

  • Cover any open cuts or sores
  • Clean any blood spillage with household bleach (do not put bleach on your skin)
  • Use a condom and avoid sexual practices which may risk blood contact
  • Do not share piercing, tattooing, drug injecting or snorting equipment
  • Do not donate blood
  • Do not share razors, towels, toothbrushes, or any object that may come into contact with blood.