If you’ve just found out that you have hep C then there are few things that it’s important to know:
First – you’re not alone. Hep C is the most common blood-borne virus in Australia. There are over 230,000 people in Australia living with hep C.
Second – hep C is not a death-sentence. Treatments now cure more than 95% of people who try them.
Finally – hep C is a slow-acting virus. This means that if it damages your liver, it does so slowly over time. That is why many people have been living with hep C for ten or fifteen years before they begin to notice symptoms.
There is treatment that can cure the virus in around 95% of people.
To find out how you can live well with hep C, call the Hepatitis Infoline on 1800 803 990. They can answer questions and send you information about hep C and hep C treatment, as well as what you can do manage hep C yourself.
You can also ask for info on courses called Live Well. Live Well is designed to help you learn to manage your hep C.
This page was last updated 18 April 2017.
Content drawn from Australian Recommendations for the Management of Hepatitis C Virus Infection: a Consensus Statement 2016, and publications of ASHM, The Kirby Institute and The Centre for Social Research in Health, and vetted by our Medical and Research Advisory Panel.