The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) listing of Viekira Pak and Viekira Pak-RBV from 1 May is a very welcome addition to the highly effective new generation treatment options for people living with hepatitis C.
Victorian Minister for Health confirms standalone hepatitis B and C strategies to tackle viral hepatitis
I contracted the hepatitis C from IV drug use between 1979 and 1983. At that time I was experimenting with IV drugs, which was quite common amongst my peers. In those days there was no public awareness about the transmission of blood borne viruses.
“I am a Hep Hero because I care deeply about the 250,000 Australians living with hepatitis C of which I am one; and the need for all of us to access the new drugs through the PBS as soon as possible. I am doing all in my power to influence the government to do this, as has been done in most overseas countries. Every voice counts!”
I arrived from Scotland in 1971 as part of the British boy’s immigrant movement, with my green 3-piece suit and $23. I had just turned 17 years old and the adventure began. My family was back in Scotland and being on my own I fell into some bad company and got involved with heroin. By 1976 I had changed my life around and did not use intravenous drugs never again.
“I am a Hep Hero because I believe that with a coordinated response we can reduce new infections, provide better care and save lives.”
“I am a Hep Hero because I’m “sick and tired” of feeling isolated about having hep C”
The first ever World Hepatitis Summit held in Glasgow, Scotland from 2-4 September demonstrated the worldwide energy and momentum for the push to eradicate viral hepatitis.
Congratulations to the 2015 winners for their artwork submissions.
"I am a Hep Hero because I was out and proud of my status"
"I am a Hep Hero because I hung in there with my hep C meds and cleared the virus, despite hideous side effects and 2 rounds of treatment. (This was before the new meds were available.)"
"I am a Hepatitis Hero firstly, to help spread the word about the devastating impact that viral hepatitis can have on those who are infected if they are not able to access proper medical care; and secondly, as a tribute to those very people living with viral hepatitis - they are the real heroes”