Hepatitis C is an inflammation of the liver caused by a virus. Symptoms include fatigue, irritability, loss of appetite, and also you may feel worse at the end of the day than in the mornings.

Other symptoms can include nausea, abdominal pain (upper right quadrant), jaundice, dark or strong smelling urine, gritty eyes and weight loss.

About 80% of those living with the virus can identify how they acquired it, however - as many as 20% are unsure when and how they picked up the virus.

Most people will not experience symptoms during the first 15 years after the incident of infection.

Blood banks in New Zealand started screening for Hepatitis C in July 1992. Before that all blood transfusions and blood products carried some risk of transmission. People that have had transfusions or blood products prior to the introduction of screening should be tested for Hepatitis C.


Treat all people's blood as potentially dangerous, and maintain your own skin integrity by applying plasters to open cuts and wounds.