New hepatitis C treatments funded from 1 July

Hepatitis C is a viral infection affecting over 50,000 New Zealanders, although it is estimated only half are currently diagnosed. Untreated, 20-25 percent of those with the disease will develop cirrhosis, and without successful treatment, 5 -10 percent of those with cirrhosis will progress to life-threatening liver cancer or liver failure every year. Major advances in the treatment of hepatitis…

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