Hepatitis


Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is generally self limiting disease that is picked up through faecal-oral transmission, most commonly via contaminated food and/or water when travelling to high countries.

Hepatitis A does not cause chronic infection and vaccination is available to avoid infection.

Hepatitis B

Despite the widespread availability of vaccination, Hepatitis B continues to be an ongoing issue in Australia and around the globe.

Those most at risk of chronic hepatitis B in Australia are people from high prevalence countries (largely countries in Asia) and those co-habitating with people living with hepatitis B.

Men who have sex with men, trans people and people who inject drugs continue to be at risk if they have not been vaccinated.

Hepatitis C

New generation hepatitis C treatments (direct acting anti-virals - DAAs) have revolutionised treatment of hepatitis C over recent years.

Those who may have opted to avoid treatment due to the significant undertaking and side effect associated with the previous generation treatments may be more inclined to consider treatment as the new generation medications offer a >95% chance of cure with no, or minimal, side effects over the 12 week course.

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