New hepatitis C hopes

New drugs and treatments will enable GPs to take on a more active role in treating the 200,000-plus Australians living with hepatitis C.

New drugs and treatments will enable GPs to take a more active role in treating the 200,000-plus Australians living with hepatitis C. 

Many people will have seen the movie Dallas Buyers Club recently, and will have been reminded of the early days of the HIV epidemic and the panic around early treatment.  

The year 1995 marked the beginning of combination HIV treatment, which we now know has been remarkably effective in preventing the complications of chronic HIV. 

And 2015 may be the year we remember as being the time when highly effective treatment for hepatitis C arrived in Australia.

This will be good news for the roughly 230,000 people living with chronic hepatitis C in Australia, and the estimated 300 million people infected worldwide. 

Australia’s hepatitis C epidemic

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