Tens of thousands of Australians have been cured of Hepatitis C since March 2016.
Australia has been subsidising drugs to cure hepatitis C since March 2016. Unlike in many other countries, these are available to everyone with the disease and are much cheaper for our government.
The most important blood borne viruses for human health are the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.
Why is it only some viruses are transmissible by blood, and how does the virus actually move from person to person?
The incidence of liver cancer is increasing and has the potential to become a national health crisis.
While other cancer rates fall or remain static, liver cancer is on the rise. Here's why we need to start paying attention.
How to cut rates of liver cancer? Reducing hepatitis C rates would be a good start.
The newer drugs for hepatitis C might mean fewer people are diagnosed with liver cancer.
CT scan of liver cancer.
A promising new immunotherapy to treat liver cancer has been discovered.
Rates of sexually transmissible infections among the Indigenous population are still much higher than the non-Indigenous population.
The annual surveillance report of sexually transmissible infections and blood borne viruses in Australia has found notifications of sexually transmissible infections are on the rise in Australia.
Cancer patient Cao Dongxian poses with CT scan images of his intestine at a hotel room where he stays, near the Peking Union Hospital.
Developing brand new treatments and cures isn't the only way to achieve a major reduction in cancer deaths worldwide.
A woman is examined at a hepatitis ward in Uganda.
Ghana must urgently implement strategies to tackle the high burden of viral hepatitis if it's to fulfill global targets of eliminating the disease by 2030.
At over $1,300 a pill, a cure for hepatitis C comes at a high price.
Combinations of two or three hepatitis C virus direct-acting antiviral drugs taken for 8-24 weeks can cure more than 90% of people treated.
The thing all five viruses have in common is they can cause mild to very severe liver damage.
Hepatitis A, B, C, D and E are very different viruses. Hepatitis A is genetically closer to the common cold than it is to hepatitis B. Hepatitis C is closer to the virus that causes dengue fever.
Those who enter prison uninfected are at risk of becoming infected.
Worldwide, around 30 million people enter and leave prison each year. Of these people, around 4.5 million have hepatitis C, almost 1 million have HIV and 1.5 million have hepatitis B infections.
While Sydney’s medically supervised injecting centre has had positive results, we need drug consumption rooms all over the country.
With use of drugs such as ice on the rise, drug consumption rooms are now being set up in Europe to provide supervised inhalation.
150m carriers, and rising
New drug combination cures over 95% of cases but the cost would swallow the entire health budget. Pity the politicians that have to figure this one out.
The biggest growth in sexually transmitted infections is for chlamydia and gonorrhoea.
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The latest instalment of Australia’s annual report card on HIV, hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections has been released this morning. Here's what experts make of the results.
The proposed Australian price for Sovaldi has not been disclosed, but in the United States a three-month course of treatment costs US$84,000.
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Condom use appears to be declining across the Australian population.
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Switching from intravenous to oral therapy would make it easier to access.
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