Hep C deaths rise as diagnoses fall

AUSTRALIAN deaths related to chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection have increased by 146% in 10 years, with treatment uptake remaining at extremely low levels, according to a new report from the Kirby Institute in Sydney.

Commenting on the report, released in conjunction with the World STI and HIV Congress in Brisbane, the institute’s Associate Professor Rebecca Guy says the low treatment rate is leading to worryingly high incidences of patients requiring liver transplant and developing cancer.

There were 280 HCV deaths in 2004 compared to