What's involved, where do you get it, what you need and the risks of not getting treatment.
Treatment now takes between 8 to 12 weeks and is a course of tablets that have hardly any side effects.
These new tablets are highly effective at clearing the infection in more than 95% of people.
The old treatment regime that involved injections and tablets for a year are now gone.
To get treatment you need one of the following:
Long Term Illness Card
Health Amendment Act Card
If you do not have one of the following documents please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or fill in our contact form below.
There are eight hospitals that currently provide treatment, these are:
St James’s Hospital
St Vincent’s Hospital
Galway University Hospital
Cork University Hospital
St Luke’s Hospital Kilkenny
Our Lady’s Hospital Crumlin
Following initial blood tests you will be given tablet by a pharmacist every 2 weeks or so throughout the duration. of the 8-12 weeks.
By not getting treatment you increase your chances of developing the following
Serious liver disease
Permanent liver damage such as liver cancer
liver failure (need for liver transplant)
If you have Hepatitis C and you drink large amounts of alcohol you can increase your risk of series liver damage.
If you have HIV you have a greater chance of developing liver damage and cirrhosis if you have hepatitis C. If you have both, you need to get treatment.