What is Hepatitis?

Viral hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver caused by a virus. There are five different hepatitis viruses, with hepatitis B and hepatitis C being the most common in Australia.  While hep B and hep C are both forms of hepatitis they are spread in different ways and affect different populations of people.

In Australia it is estimated around 227,000* people are living with hep C and almost 233,000* living with hep B.
 

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*data source: Kirby Institute & UNSW, Hepatitis B and C in Australia, Annual Surveillance Report Supplement 2016.