Why get cured of hep C?
Curing hepatitis C substantially reduces the risk of liver cancer and liver failure, reducing mortality from cirrhosis and liver cancer. It can also improve quality of life, including physical, emotional, and social health.
Everyone’s experience will be different but many people look forward to these improvements in their life as a result of being cured of hep C:
Better long-term health, including reduced risk of cirrhosis, liver cancer, the need for liver transplant and early death,
Better short and medium term health, including less fatigue,
Possible better mental and emotional health,
Possible reduced ‘dependence’ on family members and friends, now or in the future,
Better quality of life for you and your family members, and
Removing the risk of onward transmission of hep C.
‘Physically and mentally you feel better, you don’t feel so depressed, you feel that there’s light at the end of the tunnel’ - Kurt.
‘It’s life-changing, it means I have a completely different take on the future, a much brighter take, and I’m very optimistic I’ll be well and very healthy in the future’. ‘Life’s precious, why wait until your liver has been badly degenerated before you seek a cure?’ - Amanda
‘Go to the doctor, talk about it and make a decision, but my experience has been that this treatment has been absolutely fantastic, it’s been easy to take, there’s been no side-effects, the impact has been substantial’ ‘I’ve burst out of bed, feeling almost enthusiastic and energetic about life' - Jack
Last review June 2018
i. The Kirby Institute. Hepatitis B and C in Australia Annual Surveillance Report Supplement 2016.. The Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales Australia, Sydney.
ii. Hepatitis Australia. A guide to current and emerging hepatitis C treatments in Australia. 2012