It has been welcome news to hear from Haemophilia Treatment Centres that most of their patients with hepatitis C have now been treated or have appointments with their hepatitis clinic to discuss treatment, and that nearly all of those who have completed treatment have been cured.
While the success of the new treatments has been very exciting, Australian hepatitis clinicians and Haemophilia Treatment Centres have a few reminders for people with hepatitis C:
The Australian Government has committed to eliminating hepatitis C in Australia by 2026. We believe we can achieve this much earlier in the bleeding disorders community.
HFA is keen to make sure that every Australian with a bleeding disorder and hepatitis C has the opportunity to access treatment as soon as possible. We are aware that for some people there are barriers that stop them from accessing the new treatments.
If you or someone you know have a problem that is stopping you from accessing hepatitis C treatment, we strongly encourage you to talk to your Haemophilia Treatment Centre or your local Foundation or HFA to see what solutions can be found.
Thanks to Hepatitis Australia for permission to adapt the World Hepatitis Day 2014 poster.
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