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