Cures for Hepatitis C
- Tue 21 Aug 2018
Many people who have lived with Hepatitis C (HCV) for some time, and who have yet to come in contact with updated treatment information, may still believe that there is no absolute cure. They might still also labour under the misconception that the new treatments have similar side-effects associated with the older interferon-based treatments.
According to a study released by the Kirby Institute, it is thought that around one in four people who go to their GP, and who are either still engaged with injecting or in recovery, may be hepatitis C positive.
Whilst the number of people living with HCV who inject, and who have sought treatment has risen nearly four-fold in the past two years (from 10% to 41%), it highlights how many are also following through on treatment and being cured of the virus.
Brisbane North PHN is encouraging practices to undertake reviews of patient records to identify those patients who are living with hepatitis C and recall them for assessment and treatment.
Within the North Brisbane and Moreton Bay region, patients can be treated in conjunction with the Cure-It Program, a hepatitis C treatment service focused on keeping hepatitis C treatment in the GP surgery. Cure-It is based at the Prince Charles Gastroenterology and Hepatology Service, and is committed to delivering hepatitis C treatment in partnership with GPs.
If you’d like more information about the treatments available, download the information sheet here.