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  • Hepatitis C is a virus that causes inflammation and damage to the liver. 
  • Many people who live with hepatitis C do not have symptoms until they have had the virus for a long time and there is a lot of liver damage.
  • Hepatitis C is a bloodborne virus. In Australia, the main way hepatitis C is spread is through the sharing of injecting equipment.
  • There are new treatments, available to all people living with hepatitis C, that cure the virus and improve their health.
  • The new treatments available are in tablet form, taken once a day for 8 to 12 weeks. It is much easier to take than older treatments with only minimal side effects.
  • You can improve your liver health by eating a well-balanced diet, doing regular exercise, decreasing stress, and reducing the amount of alcohol you drink (or avoiding alcohol altogether).
  • See your doctor immediately if you have any symptoms or if you think you have been at risk of infection. 

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Reviewed on: 03-05-2023