Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C cells

Introduction

Hepatitis C is an infectious disease caused by the hepatitis C virus. The virus can cause both acute and chronic infection, ranging from a mild illness that lasts a few weeks to a serious lifelong illness that may cause cirrhosis (scarring of the liver), liver cancer or liver failure if left untreated. In Australia, the main route of transmission of the hepatitis C virus is through injecting drug use. While there is no vaccine to prevent hepatitis C infection, new treatments can cure hepatitis C in more than 90% of cases.

You can explore the latest hepatitis C data from Australia in the data dashboard below.

These tables are interactive, allowing you to filter and present the data in detail.

  • Choose the population of interest from the drop down menus

  • Hover the mouse over the charts and tables to reveal further details.

  • These graphics are best viewed in full screen by clicking the box icon to the bottom-right of the tables.

  • You can export a PDF version of the selected view by clicking the download icon below the dashboard.

  • At the bottom of the page you will find a link to notification rate maps

Please note that the notification rates presented below are age standardised.

Source of data: National Notifiable Disease Surveillance System

Latest data
Notification rates by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status are only included if data provided by jurisdictions where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status was reported for ≥50% of diagnoses for each of the reported years.  The jurisdictions included in notifications rates by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status are listed by condition below:
  • Chlamydia: ACT, NT, Qld, SA and WA
  • Gonorrhoea: ACT, NT, Qld, SA, Tas, VIC and WA
  • Infectious syphilis: All jurisdictions
  • Hepatitis B (newly acquired and unspecified): ACT, NT, Qld, SA, Tas, VIC and WA
  • Hepatitis B (newly acquired only): NSW, NT, Qld, SA, Tas, VIC and WA
  • Hepatitis C (newly acquired and unspecified): ACT, NT, Qld, SA, Tas, VIC and WA
  • Hepatitis C (newly acquired only): All jurisdictions

What does this mean?

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