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    How is hepatitis C treated?

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  • We are the peak community-based hepatitis organisation in the Australian state of New South Wales. We take a partnership approach with people primarily affected by … View Profile

    Currently, hepatitis C treatment in Australia involves two different regimes. People with HCV genotype 1 are offered a combination of three drugs: pegylated interferon injections, ribavirin pills and boceprevir pills. People with genotypes 2 & 3 are offered a combination of two drugs: pegylated interferon injections and ribavirin pills. These regimes are given for up to 48 weeks and provide a cure rate of around 80%. The double combination treatment is available to most people on a subsidised basis through Medicare. The triple combination treatment is not yet subsidised through Medicare. People with genotype 1 who can't afford triple treatment are offered double combination treatment which gives a cure rate of 50%. In all cases, treatment often involves significant side effects and people need to find out about this aspect of treatment before deciding whether or not to go on treatment.

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