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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New treatments have minimal side effects and cure rates of over 90%.
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The sharp end of the needle.
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