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PBS for Hep C treatment
Two new “groundbreaking” Hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatments will be subsidised under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme for more than 130,000 patients annually. Federal Health Minister Tanya Plibersek announced boceprevir (Victrelis) and telaprevir (Incivo) would be available to people...
- Posted 93 days ago
HIV and Hep C drug trial underway
An Australian drug company has begun phase two human trials of an antiviral drug that will treat patients infected with both HIV and Hepatitis C (HCV). Drug company Biotron has begun trials of the drug, called BIT225, in...
- Posted 190 days ago
Hep C concerns for HIV positive men
An Australian expert has called for an urgent rethink on the relationship between HIV and Hepatitis C (HCV) as emerging evidence shows hepatitis C can be sexually transmitted between HIV-positive men. It is estimated up to 30...
- Posted 253 days ago
Action needed on Hep C: report
A new report has warned that action is needed to address hepatitis C overtaking HIV/AIDS as the country’s number one viral cause of death. The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) report reveals that at least 300,000 Australians have...
- Posted 274 days ago
Participants wanted for Hep C study
People living with Hepatitis C are being called to participate in an online study. The survey takes 20 – 30 minutes and is confidential. Participants will be paid $50. To enter the study, call toll-free number 1800...
- Posted 336 days ago
Hep C health revolution?
The Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) has asked whether chronic hepatitis C (HCV) infection in Australia may soon become a thing of the past. “Is the end of chronic hepatitis C virus infection in sight?” an editorial...
- Posted 345 days ago
Review recommends halving gay blood ban
A review of Australia’s blood donation guidelines has recommended that the period for which men who have sex with men (MSM) must refrain from having sex before they can donate blood be reduced from 12 to six...
- Posted 365 days ago
Taking control of hep C health
A six-week workshop will start this month for people diagnosed with a HIV and hepatitis C co-infection. The two-hour information sessions begin on Tuesday, August 30 and will be run by People Living With HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) Victoria....
- Posted 638 days ago
When not to share
HIV is a fragile virus and doesn’t survive outside of the human body for very long once exposed to air. In contrast, hepatitis C survives better. Not much infected fluid is needed for it to be transmitted....
- Posted 724 days ago
STI watch: myths about Hepatitis C
Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) causes damage to the liver and this can lead to cirrhosis, (scarring of the liver), and eventually liver failure and death. Some popular misconceptions about hepatitis C...
- Posted 759 days ago