In these COVID-focused times, it is worth remembering that there are other viruses out there, active in our community. World Hepatitis Day reminds us that over 226,500 Australians – including over 12,000 South Australians – live with the hepatitis B virus, and the hepatitis C virus still affects the health of 114,000 Australians despite the availability of highly effective Medicare-funded treatments.
While South Australia has done well in treating people with chronic hepatitis C, the rate of treatment uptake has been dropping dramatically; and our state’s hepatitis B clinical care uptake is below national average, and well below the National Strategy target.
Continue reading “Still Out There – hep C which has a cure & hep B which has a vaccine…”
Exploring the low rate of HCV infection in newborns
Unlike other blood-borne viruses such as HIV and hepatitis B, the risk of a baby being infected with hepatitis C during the mother’s pregnancy or during birth is very low. Only about 5% of babies born to mothers who have hepatitis C are themselves infected by the disease.
Continue reading “Newborn Resistance”
By Lisa Carter
If you haven’t achieved some great new thing while in isolation, there is something wrong with you. At least that’s what some social media influencers would have us believe.
Motivational posts urging you to learn a new language, start a new business or acquire new knowledge, label you as lacking in discipline if you achieved none of those grand goals.
Truth is, if you are anything like me, you’d have been struggling to bother to even get dressed each day.
Continue reading “Hep C: the virus that can be cured – making ‘not ok’ a bit more ‘ok’”
In this final instalment of conversations with Hepatitis SA peer educators, Margie, Penni, Justin and Sue reflect on the rewards they find in the job. Read previous instalments: Part 1 | Part 2
Continue reading “Five Years of CNP Peers: Part 3”
Second instalment of conversations with Hepatitis SA CNP peer educators—Bernadette and Justin talk about what motivated them to become educators to their peers. Read Part 1 here.
Continue reading “Five Years of CNP Peers: Part 2”
Among its other services, Hepatitis SA runs four Clean Needle Program (CNP) sites in Adelaide, at Hackney, Noarlunga, Port Adelaide, and Salisbury. Our CNP peer educators also attend rostered sessions at other sites at various times during the week.
Continue reading “Five Years of CNP Peers: Part 1”