WHD 2016 hep C treatment factsheet NTAHC
What is hep C?
Hep C is a blood-borne virus that causes infl ammation of the liver. Approximately 30% of people who become infected with hep C “clear” the virus from their body during the fi rst 6 months of getting hep C. They will no longer have hep C, but this does not mean that they cannot get hep C again in the future.
For those who do not clear the virus, hep C becomes a chronic condition which may lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer.
In Australia, it is estimated that over 230,000 people are living with chronic hepatitis C.
Can hep C be cured?
The good news is yes, hep C can be cured for more people than ever before. New medicines are effective in treating and curing hep C in more than 90% of people.
The new medicines, known as direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) are more effective and have less side-effects. The number of weeks that you need to be on treatment has also reduced and this is likely to improve even further as more new drugs become available.
For the very latest information about the newest treatment options, speak to your doctor, become a member of your local hepatitis organisation or phone the National Hepatitis Info Line on 1800 437 222. You can also visit the
Hepatitis Australia website: www.hepatitisaustralia.com/hepatitis-c-facts/treatmentfor-hep-c
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