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Viral hepatitis (A, B & C)

Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver, and it can be caused by a virus or other non-viral causes.  The main difference between the viruses is how they are spread and the effects they have on your health.

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Prevention

There are safe and effective vaccines that protect you from getting hepatitis A and B.  While there is no vaccine for hep C, by being ‘blood aware’ you can reduce your overall chance of being exposed to the virus.

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Living with Hepatitis

People with chronic hepatitis can do a number of things to stay healthy including limiting/avoiding alcohol, reducing stress, not smoking, getting regular exercise and eating a healthy diet.

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Treatment

Effective treatment is available for both chronic hepatitis B and C.  Before you can see a liver specialist to talk about going on treatment, you need to get a referral from your GP first.

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Hepatitis Queensland is disappointed to hear of the Federal Government’s decision to halt funding to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sexual health programs run by the Queensland AIDS Council (QuAC) and the Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council (NTAHC) by June 30.

These programs help to address the disproportionate instance of STI rates, including hepatitis B, amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Hepatitis Queensland collaborates with community organisations such as QuAC and NTACH to not only support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders living with chronic hepatitis B, but to save lives by increasing awareness and preventing transmission.

With an estimated 38% of people living with chronic hepatitis B in Australia unaware of their status, targeted sexual health programs are a top priority.

Hepatitis Queensland CEO, Clint Ferndale, says the government’s decision to stop funding the QuAC 2 Spirits Program and the NTAHC Aboriginal Sexual Health Program will disrupt the years of hard work and committed effort by community programs and organisations seeking to close the gap on indigenous health disparity.

“With notification rates for hepatitis B three times higher among ATSI populations than non-ATSI populations, the impact of these cuts will be felt right across the Indigenous community,” he said.

“We should not be reducing community services, especially those supporting vulnerable populations. These short term budget savings will only cost us more in the long term.”

Without diagnosis, monitoring and, if appropriate, treatment, hepatitis B can cause early
death – with 419 deaths attributed to hepatitis B nationally in 2015.

Hepatitis Queensland supports the joint petition by QuAC and NTAHC to reverse these funding cuts. The petition is available on the change.org website.

 

 

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Hepatitis Queensland is disappointed to hear of the Federal Government’s decision to halt funding to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sexual health programs run by the Queensland AIDS Council (QuAC) and the Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council (NTAHC) by June 30.

These programs help to address the disproportionate instance of STI rates, including hepatitis B, amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Hepatitis Queensland collaborates with community organisations such as QuAC and NTACH to not only support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders living with chronic hepatitis B, but to save lives by increasing awareness and preventing transmission.

With an estimated 38% of people living with chronic hepatitis B in Australia unaware of their status, targeted sexual health programs are a top priority.

Hepatitis Queensland CEO, Clint Ferndale, says the government’s decision to stop funding the QuAC 2 Spirits Program and the NTAHC Aboriginal Sexual Health Program will disrupt the years of hard work and committed effort by community programs and organisations seeking to close the gap on indigenous health disparity.

“With notification rates for hepatitis B three times higher among ATSI populations than non-ATSI populations, the impact of these cuts will be felt right across the Indigenous community,” he said.

“We should not be reducing community services, especially those supporting vulnerable populations. These short term budget savings will only cost us more in the long term.”

Without diagnosis, monitoring and, if appropriate, treatment, hepatitis B can cause early
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Hepatitis Queensland supports the joint petition by QuAC and NTAHC to reverse these funding cuts. The petition is available on the change.org website.

 

 

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Hepatitis Queensland is disappointed to hear of the Federal Government’s decision to halt funding to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sexual health programs run by the Queensland AIDS Council (QuAC) and the Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council (NTAHC) by June 30.

These programs help to address the disproportionate instance of STI rates, including hepatitis B, amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Hepatitis Queensland collaborates with community organisations such as QuAC and NTACH to not only support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders living with chronic hepatitis B, but to save lives by increasing awareness and preventing transmission.

With an estimated 38% of people living with chronic hepatitis B in Australia unaware of their status, targeted sexual health programs are a top priority.

Hepatitis Queensland CEO, Clint Ferndale, says the government’s decision to stop funding the QuAC 2 Spirits Program and the NTAHC Aboriginal Sexual Health Program will disrupt the years of hard work and committed effort by community programs and organisations seeking to close the gap on indigenous health disparity.

“With notification rates for hepatitis B three times higher among ATSI populations than non-ATSI populations, the impact of these cuts will be felt right across the Indigenous community,” he said.

“We should not be reducing community services, especially those supporting vulnerable populations. These short term budget savings will only cost us more in the long term.”

Without diagnosis, monitoring and, if appropriate, treatment, hepatitis B can cause early
death – with 419 deaths attributed to hepatitis B nationally in 2015.

Hepatitis Queensland supports the joint petition by QuAC and NTAHC to reverse these funding cuts. The petition is available on the change.org website.

 

 

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Hepatitis Queensland is disappointed to hear of the Federal Government’s decision to halt funding to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sexual health programs run by the Queensland AIDS Council (QuAC) and the Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council (NTAHC) by June 30.

These programs help to address the disproportionate instance of STI rates, including hepatitis B, amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Hepatitis Queensland collaborates with community organisations such as QuAC and NTACH to not only support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders living with chronic hepatitis B, but to save lives by increasing awareness and preventing transmission.

With an estimated 38% of people living with chronic hepatitis B in Australia unaware of their status, targeted sexual health programs are a top priority.

Hepatitis Queensland CEO, Clint Ferndale, says the government’s decision to stop funding the QuAC 2 Spirits Program and the NTAHC Aboriginal Sexual Health Program will disrupt the years of hard work and committed effort by community programs and organisations seeking to close the gap on indigenous health disparity.

“With notification rates for hepatitis B three times higher among ATSI populations than non-ATSI populations, the impact of these cuts will be felt right across the Indigenous community,” he said.

“We should not be reducing community services, especially those supporting vulnerable populations. These short term budget savings will only cost us more in the long term.”

Without diagnosis, monitoring and, if appropriate, treatment, hepatitis B can cause early
death – with 419 deaths attributed to hepatitis B nationally in 2015.

Hepatitis Queensland supports the joint petition by QuAC and NTAHC to reverse these funding cuts. The petition is available on the change.org website.

 

 

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Community Program Funding Cuts Will Hurt Indigenous Communities

Hepatitis Queensland is disappointed to hear of the Federal Government’s decision to halt funding to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sexual health programs run by the Queensland AIDS Council (QuAC) and the Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council (NTAHC) by June 30.

These programs help to address the disproportionate instance of STI rates, including hepatitis B, amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Hepatitis Queensland collaborates with community organisations such as QuAC and NTACH to not only support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders living with chronic hepatitis B, but to save lives by increasing awareness and preventing transmission.

With an estimated 38% of people living with chronic hepatitis B in Australia unaware of their status, targeted sexual health programs are a top priority.

Hepatitis Queensland CEO, Clint Ferndale, says the government’s decision to stop funding the QuAC 2 Spirits Program and the NTAHC Aboriginal Sexual Health Program will disrupt the years of hard work and committed effort by community programs and organisations seeking to close the gap on indigenous health disparity.

“With notification rates for hepatitis B three times higher among ATSI populations than non-ATSI populations, the impact of these cuts will be felt right across the Indigenous community,” he said.

“We should not be reducing community services, especially those supporting vulnerable populations. These short term budget savings will only cost us more in the long term.”

Without diagnosis, monitoring and, if appropriate, treatment, hepatitis B can cause early
death – with 419 deaths attributed to hepatitis B nationally in 2015.

Hepatitis Queensland supports the joint petition by QuAC and NTAHC to reverse these funding cuts. The petition is available on the change.org website.

 

 

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