Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Drop in Aussies seeking hepatitis C cure

More than 170,000 Australians are able to access subsidised medication to cure Hepatitis C but the number of people choosing to do so is declining.

Chief investigator Margaret Hellard told AAP she hopes to see 15,000 people a year accessing treatment to reduce the number of people dying and the rate of transmission.

Ensuring health practitioners are aware of the treatment, who is eligible and how to treat patients with hepatitis C is also part of the plan, being launched by Health Minister Greg Hunt in Canberra on Wednesday night.

It's hoped the partnership will result in a 65 per cent reduction in hepatitis C related deaths and an 80 per cent reduction in new infections....

Source: AAP

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