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Te Awamutu Courier - 2021-07-22

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Pop-up testing clinic open on World Hepatitis Day

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World Hepatitis Day is on Wednesday, July 28 and a pop-up clinic will be available at Anglesea Pharmacy in Hamilton to make it quick and easy for at-risk people to get tested for the virus. Pop-up hepatitis C testing clinics will be open across Aotearoa New Zealand. About 45,000 New Zealanders are living with hepatitis C. However, because symptoms often don’t show for many years, many people may be unaware they have it Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus that attacks the liver and can lead to cancer. It is the leading cause of liver transplantation in New Zealand and the second leading cause of liver cancer (behind hepatitis B). The virus is a major public health threat in New Zealand. About 1000 people contract hepatitis C every year and 200 people die from it. While there is now a highly effective treatment that can cure up to 98 per cent of those with chronic hepatitis C, to achieve elimination we must ensure that everyone who has the virus is diagnosed so they can receive this treatment. The Action Plan sets out how New Zealand will eliminate hepatitis C as a major public health threat by 2030.

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