Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus that causes inflammation (swelling and pain) of the liver.
Hepatitis C infection affects more than 230,000 individuals in Australia!
The Hepatitis C virus is present in the blood of a person living with Hepatitis C and can be spread through blood-to-blood contact.
This means for transmission to occur, Hepatitis C infected blood must directly enter the bloodstream of another person.
You have a high risk of the Hepatitis C virus if you:
Lower risk ways of getting the virus:
Most people do not feel ill when first infected with Hepatitis C.
Others may experience any of the following symptoms:
These symptoms may disappear within a few weeks, but this does not necessarily mean that the infection has been cleared.
Left untreated, Hepatitis C infection can result in Chronic Hepatitis C.
The best way to prevent Hepatitis C infection is to avoid blood-to-blood contact with other people.
With the introduction of a new generation of Direct Action Anti-viral (DAA) medications, Hepatitis C can easily be cured!
These new medications can cure more than 95% of individuals with hepatitis C.
Furthermore, they are easy to take (usually once a day) and have few side-effects.
The new tablet medications are available and subsidised on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).
There are no restrictions on access to treatment to people who still inject drugs.
If you are at risk of Hepatitis C infection, or think you may have been exposed to Hepatitis C in the past, contact PRS on (07) 3059 1301 or fill out the form below to book an appointment.
We can assess your liver health, which usually include blood tests and possibly a non-invasive test for liver damage (called a fibroscan).