Every year before the new cures became available more and more Australians were dying from hepatitis C. Since 2016 the tens of thousands who have been cured are living longer, more productive, happier and healthier lives in ‘The Lucky Country’.Read More
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Hepatitis Australia is very disappointed the Government has chosen not to act to allocate funds in the budget to arrest the decline in hepatitis C treatment. The fall in treatment initiations has been evident for over six months and is putting the Minister’s stated goal of eliminating hepatitis C by 2030 in jeopardy.Read More
The second National Hepatitis B Community Education Symposium is being held in Melbourne next week. An example of the passion that exists among those involved was recently highlighted in this article by Caitlyn Rintoul for the Mandurah Mail in Western Australia.Read More
Presented on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.
The April session of Grand Rounds “Working Together to Eliminate the Threat of Hepatitis B and C,” was viewed in 5 foreign countries, 47 states, and the District of Columbia.
Viral hepatitis, a group of infectious diseases, affects millions of people worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates 325 million people worldwide are living with chronic hepatitis B or chronic hepatitis C. Deaths due to viral hepatitis reached 1.34 million in 2015, comparable to the number of deaths caused by tuberculosis and HIV. Yet, effective measures such as educational programs for people who inject drugs and ensuring infants born to hepatitis B infected mothers are vaccinated against hepatitis B would dramatically reduce hepatitis B and C infections worldwide.
This session of Public Health Grand Rounds discussed how new therapies and technologies can be used to eliminate hepatitis B and C. Learn how multiple approaches and working with health partners can help reach the goals of eliminating these diseases. Find out about the promising work that Australia, the state of New Mexico, and the city of San Francisco are doing.
View the videos including an interview with Dr. Benjamin Cowie from Australia discussing who’s at risk for Hepatitis B and C and effective ways to prevent and treat these viral infections.
AIVL has released a new report, looking at the needs of people living with Hepatitis C after leaving custodial settings in Australia. The report contains a series of recommendations aimed at addressing the spread of blood borne viruses (BBVs) in the Australian community more broadly, including trialling of a Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) in prison and increased focus on transitional arrangements for people returning to the community.Read More