Something historic is happening! Australia could be the first country in the world to eliminate hepatitis C. We have a cure, now Australians need to know about it.
Ending Hepatitis C is a national campaign raising public awareness of hepatitis C and its cure. Australia aims to find and cure 50,000 people of hepatitis C by 2023. Australia’s Biggest Quiz is a community event, bringing attention to the campaign. As a community we can achieve this significant goal and eliminate hepatitis C.
Hepatitis C (sometimes called hep C or HCV) is a blood borne virus that affects your liver.
Without treatment, hepatitis C can cause liver disease and liver cancer.
YES! There is a highly effective and affordable cure for hepatitis C.
A GP can usually provide a script for a simple and effective cure
Some people may need to see a specialist doctor if their liver is badly damaged or they have other health issues
Anyone with a Medicare card can receive the cure for $41 for each script (2-3 scripts for a full course), or less than $7 per script if you have a concession card
Most people take 1-3 tablets a day for 8-12 weeks, with mild side effects, if any at all
If you have been treated before, you can be treated again.
No. Unlike hepatitis A and hepatitis B, there is no vaccine for hepatitis C. However, hepatitis C is preventable by practicing good blood safety and having in place good systems like regulating tattoo parlors.
About 115,000 people are currently living with hepatitis C. Over the last 5 years this number has halved thanks to new cure/treatment becoming more widely available and accessible.
Australia has set itself the target to eliminate the hepatitis C virus as a public health threat by 2030 and could be the first country in the world to do so!
There are several reasons why people are still living with hepatitis C, including:
All of these are reasons why this national campaign is so important.
People with hepatitis C often do not have any symptoms until their liver is already very damaged.
People often dismiss symptoms as just part of getting older. While many people are asymptomatic and can have it for a long time without knowing, common symptoms include:
• Feeling tired and sleep problems
• Aches, pain and fever
• Mood swings, anxiety and depression
• Feeling sick, poor appetite and indigestion
• Skin rashes and itchy skin
• Dry eyes
• Mouth ulcers
The only way to know if you have hepatitis C is to have a blood test. - just ask your GP to test for it as part of a regular health check.
Many of the hepatitis C symptoms can be attributed to other health problems. That’s why it’s important to be aware of, and talk to a GP about risk factors to decide if you should be tested.
You can get hepatitis C if your blood comes into contact with infected blood. Some of the ways this can happen include:
You cannot get hepatitis C through casual contact such as hugging, kissing or sharing food. Hepatitis C is not sexually transmissible.
The only way to know if you have hepatitis C is to have a blood test. Hepatitis C is not generally tested for on routine blood tests. If you think you may be at risk of having hepatitis C you can ask your GP to test for it.
Talk about it! Many people don’t know that hepatitis C can be cured or that they could be living with the virus.
By sharing information about the campaign with your friends, family, colleagues or clients you can help people access testing and treatment. To stay up-to-date on the campaign and get access to posters and other materials, register your interest here.
National Hepatitis Infoline: 1800 437 222
The National Hepatitis Infoline directs you to the community-based hepatitis organisation in your state or territory. The people taking your calls are trained by hepatitis organisations that are members of Hepatitis Australia. They provide on the ground support in local communities and offer friendly and confidential help.
Hepatitis Australia website: www.hepatitisaustralia.com
To find out more or access support, call the National
Hepatitis Infoline on
1800 437 222
Enabling and empowering everyone in Australia to live free from the impact of hepatitis.
Hepatitis Australia is the peak community organisation progressing national action on issues of importance to people affected by hepatitis. Our members are the eight state and territory hepatitis organisations.
We are proud to be bringing the Ending Hepatitis C campaign and presenting Australia's Biggest Quiz event nationally this October.
Visit us at: https://www.hepatitisaustralia.com/
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