Australia leads the world in treatment strategy for hepatitis C. In March 2016, new highly effective, direct-acting antiviral medicines became publically funded and were made available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). All Australians living with chronic hepatitis C now have access to this medication which is far more effective and easier to take. Most importantly, it has significantly lower risks of side-effects than previous treatment options.
This new treatment (which can only be provided to people who are over the age of 18 and are not pregnant or breastfeeding), offers a cure to 90-95% of people living with hepatitis C. It is taken orally and typically requires only 8-12 weeks of treatment to be effective. The success of this treatment depends on a number of factors including but not limited to; existing liver damage; whether the patient has previously undergone treatment for hepatitis C; and the specific genotype of hepatitis C.
If you or anyone you know is living with hepatitis C and needs further information, please contact hepatitis SA.
Support, counselling and education for people living with hepatitis C available through Relationships Australia SA include:
- MOSAIC Blood Borne Viruses Support Service – A free and confidential service for people living with or affected by hepatitis B and hepatitis C
- PEACE Multicultural Services – Community education and support for culturally and linguistically diverse individuals, families and communities
- Blood Borne Viruses Online: An Orientation – Free online training for anyone working in the hepatitis and/or HIV sectors
The Green Ribbon represents Hepatitis Awareness, with World Hepatitis Day celebrated on 28 July annually.