Some of the facts about hepatitis

  • Hepatitis C (HCV) and hepatitis B (HBV) affect more than 400,000 Australians
  • The major complications of both HCV and HBV are liver failure and liver cancer
  • These complications can be prevented with early and effective management

St Vincent’s has been involved in clinical trials over the past 5 years that have led to the development of terrific new therapies for HCV:

  • More than 90% of people with HCV infection will be cured
  • Treatment involves pills, not injections
  • Treatment is well tolerated
  • These treatment are now licensed in the USA and Europe
  • The federal government is now considering whether to fund these new treatments in Australia

St Vincent’s has considerable expertise in the study and treatment of hepatitis:

  • St Vincent’s is leading a state-wide treatment program for the Victorian prison population
  • In partnership with the Burnet Institute, St Vincent’s is leading trails evaluating the efficacy of treatment in the community, including treatment for people who inject drugs to prevent HCV transmission and HCV-related harm
  • St Vincent’s is also actively involved in clinical trials evaluating new treatments for HBV, as well as treatment programs supporting GP management of HBV
  • St Vincent’s recognizes the important of education and engagement in improving hepatitis care in Victoria, and is actively engaged with state and federal governments, as well as community groups, to promote the health of all Victorians living with hepatitis

The message from St Vincent’s is simple: Get diagnosed! Get assessed!Get treated!

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