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Viral hepatitis (A, B & C)

Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver, and it can be caused by a virus or other non-viral causes.  The main difference between the viruses is how they are spread and the effects they have on your health.

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Prevention

There are safe and effective vaccines that protect you from getting hepatitis A and B.  While there is no vaccine for hep C, by being ‘blood aware’ you can reduce your overall chance of being exposed to the virus.

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Living with Hepatitis

People with chronic hepatitis can do a number of things to stay healthy including limiting/avoiding alcohol, reducing stress, not smoking, getting regular exercise and eating a healthy diet.

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Treatment

Effective treatment is available for both chronic hepatitis B and C.  Before you can see a liver specialist to talk about going on treatment, you need to get a referral from your GP first.

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The voice of the community can be powerful and Hepatitis Australia is calling on people living with, or affected by hepatitis C (HCV) to ‘Speak Out’ about their experiences. In particular, about how the current delay in access to the latest medicines is affecting them and what a cure will mean to them.

Australians have been waiting too long to have affordable access to the new, highly effective medicines that can cure hepatitis C for most people in as little as twelve weeks.

‘Speak Out’ is an online space just launched for people to tell and share their story with others. Hepatitis Australia is placing quotes from the stories on their website and collating the stories to send a message to the government and pharmaceutical companies showing why access to the new medicines is so important.

Whether you are living with HCV, or you have a friend or loved one with HCV, Hepatitis Australia is keen to hear from you.

People who contribute are asked to respond to two key themes:
  • How the wait for new, affordable treatments for hepatitis C is impacting on them or their loved ones; and
  • How access to the new treatments, or a cure for hepatitis C will make a difference for them or their loved ones.
Due to unwarranted stigma about HCV, privacy is very important for many people living with the virus. Contributors will only be asked for limited information with only their first name and state being posted with the quotes. (eg. Jane in NSW). Contributors are also offered the option to provide further information and potentially work with hepatitis organisations to tell their story to the media.

To tell your story, just visit www.hepatitisaustralia.com/speakout and click on the link.

Regards
Clint Ferndale
CEO


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The voice of the community can be powerful and Hepatitis Australia is calling on people living with, or affected by hepatitis C (HCV) to ‘Speak Out’ about their experiences. In particular, about how the current delay in access to the latest medicines is affecting them and what a cure will mean to them.

Australians have been waiting too long to have affordable access to the new, highly effective medicines that can cure hepatitis C for most people in as little as twelve weeks.

‘Speak Out’ is an online space just launched for people to tell and share their story with others. Hepatitis Australia is placing quotes from the stories on their website and collating the stories to send a message to the government and pharmaceutical companies showing why access to the new medicines is so important.

Whether you are living with HCV, or you have a friend or loved one with HCV, Hepatitis Australia is keen to hear from you.

People who contribute are asked to respond to two key themes:
  • How the wait for new, affordable treatments for hepatitis C is impacting on them or their loved ones; and
  • How access to the new treatments, or a cure for hepatitis C will make a difference for them or their loved ones.
Due to unwarranted stigma about HCV, privacy is very important for many people living with the virus. Contributors will only be asked for limited information with only their first name and state being posted with the quotes. (eg. Jane in NSW). Contributors are also offered the option to provide further information and potentially work with hepatitis organisations to tell their story to the media.

To tell your story, just visit www.hepatitisaustralia.com/speakout and click on the link.

Regards
Clint Ferndale
CEO


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The voice of the community can be powerful and Hepatitis Australia is calling on people living with, or affected by hepatitis C (HCV) to ‘Speak Out’ about their experiences. In particular, about how the current delay in access to the latest medicines is affecting them and what a cure will mean to them.

Australians have been waiting too long to have affordable access to the new, highly effective medicines that can cure hepatitis C for most people in as little as twelve weeks.

‘Speak Out’ is an online space just launched for people to tell and share their story with others. Hepatitis Australia is placing quotes from the stories on their website and collating the stories to send a message to the government and pharmaceutical companies showing why access to the new medicines is so important.

Whether you are living with HCV, or you have a friend or loved one with HCV, Hepatitis Australia is keen to hear from you.

People who contribute are asked to respond to two key themes:
  • How the wait for new, affordable treatments for hepatitis C is impacting on them or their loved ones; and
  • How access to the new treatments, or a cure for hepatitis C will make a difference for them or their loved ones.
Due to unwarranted stigma about HCV, privacy is very important for many people living with the virus. Contributors will only be asked for limited information with only their first name and state being posted with the quotes. (eg. Jane in NSW). Contributors are also offered the option to provide further information and potentially work with hepatitis organisations to tell their story to the media.

To tell your story, just visit www.hepatitisaustralia.com/speakout and click on the link.

Regards
Clint Ferndale
CEO


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The voice of the community can be powerful and Hepatitis Australia is calling on people living with, or affected by hepatitis C (HCV) to ‘Speak Out’ about their experiences. In particular, about how the current delay in access to the latest medicines is affecting them and what a cure will mean to them.

Australians have been waiting too long to have affordable access to the new, highly effective medicines that can cure hepatitis C for most people in as little as twelve weeks.

‘Speak Out’ is an online space just launched for people to tell and share their story with others. Hepatitis Australia is placing quotes from the stories on their website and collating the stories to send a message to the government and pharmaceutical companies showing why access to the new medicines is so important.

Whether you are living with HCV, or you have a friend or loved one with HCV, Hepatitis Australia is keen to hear from you.

People who contribute are asked to respond to two key themes:
  • How the wait for new, affordable treatments for hepatitis C is impacting on them or their loved ones; and
  • How access to the new treatments, or a cure for hepatitis C will make a difference for them or their loved ones.
Due to unwarranted stigma about HCV, privacy is very important for many people living with the virus. Contributors will only be asked for limited information with only their first name and state being posted with the quotes. (eg. Jane in NSW). Contributors are also offered the option to provide further information and potentially work with hepatitis organisations to tell their story to the media.

To tell your story, just visit www.hepatitisaustralia.com/speakout and click on the link.

Regards
Clint Ferndale
CEO


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Speaking out about access to hep C medicines


The voice of the community can be powerful and Hepatitis Australia is calling on people living with, or affected by hepatitis C (HCV) to ‘Speak Out’ about their experiences. In particular, about how the current delay in access to the latest medicines is affecting them and what a cure will mean to them.

Australians have been waiting too long to have affordable access to the new, highly effective medicines that can cure hepatitis C for most people in as little as twelve weeks.

‘Speak Out’ is an online space just launched for people to tell and share their story with others. Hepatitis Australia is placing quotes from the stories on their website and collating the stories to send a message to the government and pharmaceutical companies showing why access to the new medicines is so important.

Whether you are living with HCV, or you have a friend or loved one with HCV, Hepatitis Australia is keen to hear from you.

People who contribute are asked to respond to two key themes:
  • How the wait for new, affordable treatments for hepatitis C is impacting on them or their loved ones; and
  • How access to the new treatments, or a cure for hepatitis C will make a difference for them or their loved ones.
Due to unwarranted stigma about HCV, privacy is very important for many people living with the virus. Contributors will only be asked for limited information with only their first name and state being posted with the quotes. (eg. Jane in NSW). Contributors are also offered the option to provide further information and potentially work with hepatitis organisations to tell their story to the media.

To tell your story, just visit www.hepatitisaustralia.com/speakout and click on the link.

Regards
Clint Ferndale
CEO


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