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Hepatitis C Virus

About hepatitis C

In this section, you or a loved one can find out more hepatitis C, as well as links to other information. Being informed is an important first step towards becoming an active decision-maker in your care plan.

What is hepatitis C?

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver – an infectious health condition caused by several types of hepatitis viruses. If a hepatitis C infection isn’t cleared by the immune system within months after acquiring it, it becomes ‘chronic’, causing inflammation and scarring/cirrhosis. This makes it harder for the liver to do its job – fighting infection, aiding digestion and filtering toxins from the blood.

Over time, people with hepatitis C virus (HCV) can become very sick and some may eventually need a liver transplant.

However, most people with chronic hepatitis C live very long periods with few to no symptoms. In fact, often only routine medical tests show liver damage – sometimes decades after the initial hepatitis C infection.

For more information, please visit Hepatitis Australia  (Date last accessed 26 Oct 2016)


Please note that the information on this website is intended for informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for seeking medical advice or treatment from a healthcare professional. Speak to a healthcare professional if you have any questions about your health, medical condition, symptoms or treatment options.


American Liver Foundation (Date last accessed 26 Oct 2016)

Hepatitis C Association (Date last accessed 26 Oct 2016)


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