News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 

A visit to www.hepcurenz could save your life

World Hepatitis Day,2019

A visit to www.hepcurenz could save your life

The Addiction Practitioners’ Association is urging people who’ve injected drugs at any time in their life or have been exposed to infected blood in other ways, to put embarrassment aside and ask their doctor for a hepatitis test to prevent the potentially debilitating and deadly disease manifesting in later life.

In a statement to mark World Hepatitis Day (Sunday July 27,2019 ) Sue Paton, the CEO of Dapaanz, the Addiction Practitioners’ Association says an estimated 50,000 New Zealanders are infected with chronic hepatitis C but half are unaware they have the virus.

“Some are older New Zealanders who dabbled in drug use in their youth but put it all behind them to live successful lives. Others may have been tattooed or had piercings with non-sterile equipment. People who had blood transfusions in New Zealand before 1992 or medical care in third world countries are also at risk.

We’re urging people to visit our hepcurenz website , www.hepcure.nz/ , where people from all walks of life talk about their symptoms, or lack of symptoms because Hep C is largely asymptomatic until later in life when it can attack the liver and lead to deadly conditions.

We now have highly effective, free medicines that cure close to one hundred percent of those infected with hepatitis C but free and effective medicines mean nothing if those infected fail to seek treatment,”she says.

“It might be the slightest of memories or you might not remember at all but if there are any question marks whatsoever around injecting drugs (even once), or any of these other ways of infection, then please get the test.”


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Westpac Exiting Cake Tin: Stadium Announces Naming Rights Agreement With Sky

Wellington Regional Stadium Trust (WRST) and Sky Network Television Ltd (Sky) have announced a new partnership that will see Sky secure the naming rights of the Stadium from 1 January 2020. More>>

ALSO:

ASB Classic: Serena Williams Confirmed For 2020

One of the biggest names in sport has confirmed she will be returning to the ASB Classic in 2020. Twenty-three time Grand Slam singles champion Serena Williams will return to Auckland’s ASB Tennis Arena to challenge for the ASB Classic title. More>>

Netball: Taurua To Coach Silver Ferns Through Two More Campaigns

Netball New Zealand has confirmed Taurua will guide the Silver Ferns as they take on the Australian Diamonds in October’s Cadbury Netball Series (Constellation Cup), along with the Northern Quad Series in late January. More>>

ALSO:

Bigger But Less Novel Than The Parrot: Giant Fossil Penguin Find

The discovery of Crossvallia waiparensis, a monster penguin from the Paleocene Epoch (between 66 and 56 million years ago), adds to the list of gigantic, but extinct, New Zealand fauna. These include the world’s largest parrot, a giant eagle, giant burrowing bat, the moa and other giant penguins. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland