Hepatitis C Awareness


Mission statement

To empower people who are living with hepatitis C and raise awareness of the virus in the wider community; by providing quality information, support and education enabling everyone to make informed choices for their health and well-being.

Information about Pegasys (Pegylated interferon alfa-2a)

Information about Peginterferon alfa-2a the Drug that is approved around the world for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C can be found at http://www.pegasys.co.nz/.

‘Hep C Info Express’ South Island Road Trip

From the South Island Road Trip with the ‘Hep C Info Express’ press release.

This year Bill Jang and Co. from the Hepatitis C Trust will travel to 10 towns/cities in the northern regions of the South Island to raise awareness, inform local people and garner support for this cause.

Be on the lookout for the house bus that will provide a ‘spectacle of exposure’ to the many things people should know about viral hepatitis, particularly hepatitis C.

From July 27th to August 7th the Hep C Info Express will travel to each town and park up for the day to speak to locals and raise awareness of hepatitis.


  • Christchurch July 27th
  • Kaikoura 28th
  • Blenheim 29th
  • Motueka 30th
  • Nelson 31st
  • Westport Aug 3rd
  • Hokitika 4th
  • Greymouth 4th (12.30pm onwards)
  • Waimate 5th
  • Geraldine 6th
  • Timaru 7th


Bill Jang has been a Health Promoter/Educator for the Hepatitis C Trust for the last 17 years and hopes that this Health Promotion venture will get a conversation started with people who have no idea of the magnitude of this health threat and the challenges we face as a nation and globally.


Hepatitis C

What is Hepatitis C?

  • A blood borne virus, which means it's spread through blood to blood contact
  • HCV can cause liver inflammation and liver disease
  • It's a slow developing virus which can take years to show itself
  • It is estimated 50,000 New Zealanders have HCV although many aren't aware they have the virus
  • Approximately 25% of those infected will clear the virus naturally
  • Approximately 75% will have an ongoing infection