New hepatitis C treatment data confirms time for action is now

New hepatitis C treatment data confirms time for action is now

Statement from Hepatitis Australia
The data in Monitoring hepatitis C treatment uptake in Australia – Issue 10 from the Kirby Institute highlights both the progress and deficiencies in hepatitis C treatment uptake. It is great news to see so many people have commenced treatment with most people having been cured, or on their way to being cured. While this is clearly cause for celebration the down side is that the number of people taking up treatment to cure hepatitis C is declining to alarming levels.

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Australia at risk of missing HCV elimination target

Around 74,000 Australians have been cured of hepatitis C through the use of the direct-acting antivirals but elimination by the target date remains in doubt given the significant decline in new patient initiations. The latest report from the Kirby Insitute shows just 16,000 patients were initiated on the treatments in 2018, down from over 32,000 in 2016 and 21,000 in 2017.

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