New research says hep C epidemic not caused by 1960s sex and drug lifestyle.

A new Canadian study, worked on by B.C. researchers, says baby boomers living a sex and drug lifestyle in the 1960s aren't to blame for hepatitis C infections in their demographic. In fact, the research suggests all baby boomers should be tested for the hep C virus because widespread hospital practices predating the 1950's likely led to many accidental transmissions.

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Drug subsidies could eliminate hepatitis C in Australia within a decade, experts say

There is a realistic chance hepatitis C will be eliminated within a few years due to new public subsidies of powerful drugs, some of Australia's top health experts say. Strong new drugs have been publicly subsidised on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme since March 1, leading experts to think hepatitis C could be wiped out within years. 

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Never a better time to treat hepatitis C, but thousands still unaware.

Many people living with hepatitis C have been eagerly waiting for 1 March, which marks the start of the largest single investment in the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme with subsidies granted to three new medicines*. However, experts are also concerned that many of the 230,5001 Australians living with hepatitis C are still “completely unaware of the new treatments or the enormous benefits they offer.”

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