The Hepalogue

The Hepalogue

A conversation about (among other things) a new Hep C study that looks at things from the patient perspective. If you are a user, be thankful that people like Annie Madden are out there, living and breathing your welfare. If legendary figures could be said to exist in the harm reduction community, she would be […]

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Continuation of a conversation about a new Hep C study that looks at things from the patient perspective – and some frank opinions on Hep C treatment in general. – I’d like to bring this back to your PROMs work. I notice you’re interviewing current users not former. How come? ‘There was a feeling that […]

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A Lot Has Happened In a Year – But Not To The Young

by The Golden Phaeton on 17/04/2017

It’s been just over a year since the government made the new Hep C treatments available to every Australian. You might have been cured in that time. But if not, then why not? I know I have been and, I promise you, it’s well worth the bother. Fairly robust figures from the Kirby Institute are now available for the […]

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Will the Hep C Treatment Effort Hit an Impenetrable Wall?

by The Golden Phaeton on 22/03/2017

What I write in this blog is aimed at everyone with a stake in the treatment of Hep C. If you’re reading this, that’s probably you, whether you’re getting/thinking about getting treatment or reaping the benefits of it; whether you’re administering treatment or researching it in some way. You’re engaged. In some way you’re a […]

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So I’m Cured, What Next?

by The Golden Phaeton on 17/02/2017

It’s been… however many months since I purged my flesh of the Hep C virus. Five? Six? Let’s say six. And I have to say I’m feeling progressively better. It’s definitely an ongoing kind of cure and, who knows? With time I may even reach a level of health that is considered normal. As a health worker told […]

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Just a quick post. Recently, I was contacted by a friend of mine who had been told by her doctor that, since she was taking Harvoni, she would have to reassess her pharmacotherapy dosage. He explained that that ledipasvir (an element of Harvoni) may strengthen the effects of buprenorphine. There’s been no study done on any […]

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Around this this time last year Sussan Ley made an announcement changing thousands of lives to the good. Because the whole process was so shrouded in secrecy, it’s hard to say how much personal credit she can take for the new Hep C treatments being included on the PBS, but it’s fair to say she […]

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Making Straight The Way

by The Golden Phaeton on 07/12/2016

Apologies for the lengthy gap between posts. Life intervened as as it is prone to do. Perhaps it was inevitable that the high I enjoyed after clearing the virus would have a down side. I’ve always been somewhat bipolar so it makes sense that my springtime of elation and optimism would be balanced by a […]

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Now The Work Begins

by The Golden Phaeton on 31/10/2016

Earlier this October, the 10th Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference was held on the Gold Coast. It was the first of these occasions I’ve attended and it was a privilege. A seemingly endless stream of influential personages passed by the mike over the three days, representing every interest group in the sector. Of course, there was […]

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Yes, Fifth Time Lucky

by The Golden Phaeton on 16/10/2016

The Captain looked at Fermina Daza and saw on her eyelashes the first glimmer of wintry frost. Then he looked at Florentino Ariza, his invincible power, his intrepid love, and he was overwhelmed by the belated suspicion that it is life, more than death, that has no limits. “And how long do you think we can […]

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