Hepatitis C treatment, there is a cure!

Following World Hepatitis Day last week, Public Health Services has released a podcast featuring a Tasmanian woman speaking on the benefits of being hepatitis C free and urging people to access new, easier treatments.

There is no vaccine for hepatitis C, but there are new shorter treatments that involve one tablet a day and no injections, fewer and mild side-effects, and an above 95 per cent cure rate.

This is much easier than the once slow and uncomfortable treatments.

New tablets are affordable and can be prescribed by GPs.

Without treatment, some people with hepatitis C will eventually develop liver failure or liver cancer.

Hepatitis C is caused by a blood-borne virus and can be spread through infected blood through, for example:

  • sharing of injecting equipment
  • unsafe tattooing or body piercing
  • exposure to contaminated blood products
  • breakdowns in infection control in healthcare
  • mother to child transmission during pregnancy.

People who may be at risk should visit their GP and, if they have the disease, get the new treatment as soon as possible.

Visit www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/hepc for more info and to hear the podcast.