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Highlights - Hepatitis B Community Education, Hep B treatment uptake in SA, Celebrations with the Big Issue, LiveR Life comes to SA, AMA calls for needle exchange program in prisons

As Australians with hepatitis C are being cured at unprecedented rates, those living with hepatitis B are looking forward to a new treatment which promises the same efficacy as current drugs but with less toxic side effects.

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has called for clean needle programs to be introduced in prisons to protect both staff and inmates and reduce the spread of blood borne viruses.

Another hepatitis C treatment option has been added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has warned that direct-acting antiviral (DAA) medicines for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection have been associated with reactivation of hepatitis B virus (HBV) in people with a current or previous HBV infection.

Guide to South Australian community pharmacies which dispense the new hepatitis C medicines.

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What is hepatitis?

Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver. It can be brought on by alcohol, drugs, viruses and other toxins. Viral hepatitis refers to hepatitis resulting from infection of the liver by viruses like the hepatitis A, B, C, D and E viruses.

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About Hepatitis SA

Hepatitis SA is a non-profit, community-based organisation that provides information, education and support services to South Australians affected by hepatitis B and hepatitis C. This includes people with hepatitis B or C, their family and friends, and professionals who support them. We also provide hepatitis C and clean needle program (CNP) peer education and support services, and operate a CNP secondary site.

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