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Hepatitis C testing now available at selected pharmacies

Did you know that around 45,000 New Zealanders are living with Hepatitis C, but only half of them know it?

Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus that attacks the liver and can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer.

There is now a highly effective treatment (a short course of tablets for eight weeks) that can cure up to 98% of those with hepatitis C, but with so many people unaware they have the virus it’s important that people get tested and diagnosed.

The Test and Treat programme, for New Zealanders with hepatitis C infections, has being launched in selected community pharmacies across the Northern Region – making testing and treatment easier and more accessible than ever before.

The pharmacies provide a quick finger prick test for hepatitis C virus infection and also safe and effective treatment if you test positive. There is no appointment or prescription needed and your results take around five minutes to come back.

At risk people include those who had a blood transfusion before 1992, received a tattoo or body piercing using unsterile equipment, have ever injected drugs, been in prison, received medical treatment in a high-risk country, or been born to a mother with hepatitis C.

It you think you should be tested, talk with your pharmacist or family doctor.

Find out more about The National Hepatitis C Action Plan for Aotearoa New Zealand() which aims to eliminate viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030.

 

Participating pharmacies in our area *Current as of 5 August 2021

Prochem Pharmacy 1862 Great North Road Avondale 09 8281710
Roskill Healthcare Pharmacy 1011 Dominion Road Mt Roskill 09 6209487
Unichem Waiheke Pharmacy 120 Ocean View Rd Waiheke 09 3728312
Unichem Grey Lynn 580 Great North Road Grey Lynn 09 3601159
Unichem Greenlane Pharmacy 225 Great South Road Greenlane 09 524 0837
Unichem Panmure Pharmacy 74 Queens Road Panmure 09 5277719
Auckland City Hospital Pharmacy Level 5 Support Building, Auckland City Hospital, 2 Park Rd Grafton 09 3078997
Newton Pharmacy Sport and Health 283 Karangahape Road Auckland CBD 09 373 2559
Avondale Family Chemist 1784e Great North Road Avondale 09 8202382
Unichem Cox's 7 Day Pharmacy Cnr Line Road & Mayfair Place Glen Innes 09 528 5146
St Lukes Medical Pharmacy 52 St Lukes Rd Mount Albert 09 8468008
Unichem Onehunga Centre Pharmacy 73 Church Street Onehunga 09 634 6744
Unichem Eden Quarter Pharmacy 296A Dominion Road Mt Eden 09 630 0388
Hall Avenue Pharmacy 23 Hall Avenue Otahuhu 09 276 8578
Life Pharmacy Eastridge 24/215 Kepa Road Mission Bay 09 5286062
Unichem Ponsonby Pharmacy 1/283 Ponsonby Road Ponsonby 09 3762460
Royal Oak Pharmacy  703A Manukau Rd Royal Oak 09 6257422

 

Northland and Auckland

Participating pharmacies in Northland and Auckland *Current as of 5 August 2021 [PDF, 73 KB]

ADIO needle exchange

Hepatitis C testing is available at these ADIO needle exchange centres().

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