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New treatments offer Aboriginal people living with Hepatitis C hope for a cure

Date posted: 26 July 2016

Aboriginal people living with hepatitis C have something to celebrate this World Hepatitis Day July 28th. New treatments, called direct acting antivirals (DAAs), are already curing those living with the virus.

Placed on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme at the beginning of March 2016, the affordable drugs have been reported to have only minor side effects in some users. Treatment with the drug generally lasts for three months, on a daily basis, and can be prescribed by a general practitioner.

The new DAAs are considered a breakthrough in treating hepatitis C and are available to anyone over 18 years and living in Australia who has a Medicare card. There are no restrictions around current or previous injecting drug use or presence of liver damage.

Source: Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of New South Wales

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Last updated: 26 July 2016
 
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