Hepatitis C (usually called hep C) is an easily-cured liver infection that is caused by hepatitis C virus (HCV).
What does hep C do?
Liver cells get damaged when hep C virus reproduces itself. This doesn’t always make people feel sick. When people do feel sick, they might feel like they have the flu or feel tired or feel like vomiting. They might also have muscle aches or feel sore around the abdomen.
If hep C is not treated, it can result in liver cirrhosis (after many years).
Around 199,000 Australians have hep C, many through:
- sharing of equipment for Injecting drugs
- contaminated medical procedures, prior to 1990
- medical procedures overseas (migrants from countries with high levels of hep C).
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This page last updated 27 Feb 2018