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Why test? 

If a patient has been at risk of infection or shows evidence of liver disease that may indicate infection, it’s important to test them. Testing provides the opportunity:

  • to refer those infected to a specialist for further investigation and treatment, if appropriate. Treatment can successfully clear the virus in, on average, more than half of patients treated. For some types of the virus success rates are more than 80%
  • to provide people infected with hepatitis C preventative advice to stop them from passing it on
  • to discuss current potentially harmful patterns of behaviour, such as injecting drug use or excessive alcohol consumption

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