BEYOND THE C – Eradicating Hepatitis C
QMSC has joined ASHM (Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine) in a project called “Beyond the C” – eradicating Hepatitis C at general practice level.
2016 saw the introduction of anti-viral treatments to eradicate Hepatitis C and the World Health Organization (WHO) at that time, set a goal to eradicate Hepatitis C across the world by 2030. We are currently a long way from reaching this target, so the “Beyond the C” project aims to get general practices reaching out to their patients who have or may have Hepatitis C. Firstly to let them know there is a treatment to cure Hepatitis C and secondly to let them know this treatment can be accessed through their GP.
Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by the Hepatitis C virus. It can cause acute/chronic hepatitis and many people will develop cirrhosis (scarring of their liver) or liver cancer. 95% of people who have the antiviral medicines can be cured. Today there is still no vaccine for Hepatitis C.
Treatment is usually between 8 – 12 weeks, 1 – 3 tablets/day. After treatment for Hepatitis C, follow-up is essential to confirm the Hepatis C virus has been eradicated.
Hepatitis C is transmitted through blood to blood contact. Certain circumstances and population groups are at increased risk of having undiagnosed Hepatitis C and we are reaching out to these people as well:
- IV drug use
- Men who have sex with men
- People who have backyard tattoos or piercings
- People who received blood products or other transfusions from 1993
- People who received a blood transfusion prior to 1990
- Aboriginal people
- People who have had medical procedures or body art in countries with a high hepatitis C prevalence such as Asia
- People born in a country with a high prevalence of hepatitis C such as Asia, Africa, Egypt, Pakistan, Mediterranean, Eastern Europe or Pacific Islands
Do you have any of the above risk factors? Ask your doctor about getting tested as you could be living with undiagnosed hepatitis C. Let’s work together to eradicate hepatitis C across the world.
More information can be found at Hepatitis WA: https: https://www.hepatitiswa.com.au/hepatitis-c/