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About 24 Australians die each week from hepatitis B or hepatitis C. That's some 1,237 needless deaths each year.

World Hepatitis Day (28 July) is a reminder that Australians cannot afford to rest on our laurels.

South Australia introduced its - and Australia's - first Prisons Blood-Borne Virus Prevention Action Plan this week.

In Associate Professor Jill Benson's early career, hepatitis B was regarded as a 'rare' illness.

Australian health experts are callilng for more attention on hepatitis B treatment, according to an SBS report this week.

The stages of chronic hepatitis B infection has been given a makeover. Is it time for Hep B Bear to move aside?

On International Nurses Day, Hepatitis SA acknowledges the wonderful work of South Australia's viral hepatitis nurses - the skilled, friendly interface between the community and the specialists.

The Phamarceutical Benefits Advisory Committee has recommended the listing of tenofovir alafenamide (TAF) for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B.

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.

The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and the Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA) have published information for health professionals to help them manage the new hepatitis C treatments. This includes national guidelines for the management of hepatitis C based on a consensus statement first published in 2016.

This statement was prepared by an expert panel representing the Gastroenterological Society of Australia (Australian Liver Association), the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases, the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine, the Australasian Hepatology Association, Hepatitis Australia and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

The recommendations are updated regularly as new medicines become available.

The links below have been updated to include the new hepatitis C treatment consensus guidelines from September 2018.

It seems a bit trite to say that a happier lifestyle will increase the chances of stronger health. How do we actually break this down into achievable steps?

The Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA) have published a January 2017 update of the hepatitis C virus infection consensus statement.

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