It’s important to get screened for hepatitis C.
An Auckland woman cured from a three-decade long battle with hepatitis C is urging people to get tested for the disease.
In 1982, Wendy Overy was in her 30s, and a mum to two boys, when she had a major operation that required her to get a blood transfusion.
Little did she know the life blood that would save her would also transmit the hepatitis C virus, or HCV, into her bloodstream.
Hepatitis C, which is spread from blood to blood contact, affects the liver and can lead to liver cancer.
Over the next decade, Overy had “episodes” of a few days to a few weeks where she would feel tired, nauseous and grumpy.
It was out of character, but as a travelling nurse working 16-hour days in Fiji and the Solomon Islands, she chalked it up to sheer work exhaustion.
Blood testing came into effect in New Zealand blood banks in 1992, screening for blood-borne diseases like hepatitis and HIV.
The next year, after attempting to give blood on Auckland’s North Shore, Overy received a letter in the mail informing her she had contracted hepatitis C.
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