Irish Independent - Health & Living - - UPDATE -

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.

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