HEPATITIS C UNDIAGNOSED FOR UP TO 30,000
ANYONE who might be concerned about their risk of having contracted hepatitis C in the past — for example if they had a needle-stick injury, or ever used intravenous drugs (even if only once) — should get tested, according to the HSE.
In Ireland, it is estimated that around 20,000-30,000 people are living with hepatitis C, but three out of five of them haven’t been diagnosed yet.
By the end of 2017, 14,704 cases of hepatitis C were notified since hepatitis C became a notifiable disease in 2004.
The HSE is providing a new online resource on
for information. There are highly effective drugs available to treat people infected with hepatitis C in Ireland upon diagnosis.
Over 2,500 patients were treated with new drugs with cure rates in excess of 95pc.