Yes, very good new treatments are now available to everyone with hep C in Australia (over 18 years) who has a Medicare Card. These treatments give a 95% chance of cure (getting rid of your hep C).
Do I have to pay for treatment?
If you have a Medicare Card, the actual medicines are free but you will be charged the usual co-payment paid for a prescription. This is currently $38.30 per month for general patients and $6.20 per month if you have a Health Care Card.
The new treatments are well tolerated with only minor side effects.
Ibavyr (ribavirin) can involve anaemia, fatigue, headache, skin irritation and insomnia.
Pregnancy must be strictly avoided during treatment and some time afterwards. Talk to your doctor, or phone the Hepatitis Infoline.
Does treatment interfere with other drugs I am taking?
Sometimes one medicine we take interferes with other medicines, or with recreational drugs (including alcohol). A useful website that lists all these interactions is based at University of Liverpool (UK): Click here to open HEP Drug Interactions website.
Of course, it is really important to talk about these issues with your treatment doctor or nurses.
This page was last updated 1 August 2017.
Content drawn from Australian Recommendations for the Management of Hepatitis C Virus Infection: a Consensus Statement 2017, and publications of ASHM, The Kirby Institute and The Centre for Social Research in Health, and vetted by our Medical and Research Advisory Panel.