WHD 2016 hep C treatment factsheet NTAHC


What is hep C?
Hep C is a blood-borne virus that causes infl ammation of the liver. Approximately 30% of people who become infected with hep C “clear” the virus from their body during the fi rst 6 months of getting hep C. They will no longer have hep C, but this does not mean that they cannot get hep C again in the future.
For those who do not clear the virus, hep C becomes a chronic condition which may lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer.
In Australia, it is estimated that over 230,000 people are living with chronic hepatitis C.