About hepatitis C
Hepatitis C is a virus that can cause serious liver disease in an infected person. The hepatitis C virus is usually transmitted when blood from an infected person enters the bloodstream of another person (such as through sharing needles or certain sexual activities).
Prevention, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment
There is no vaccine to protect against hepatitis C, but there are some very effective options for the treatment of hepatitis C infection. Treatment options are available on the Medicare PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme).
For information about prevention, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, see healthdirect's hepatitis C page.
Surveillance and reporting
Hepatitis C is a nationally notifiable disease.
We monitor cases through the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System.
For more on hepatitis C in Australia, you can search Communicable Diseases Intelligence.