The Hepalogue

The Hepalogue

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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Continued from Part Two So how did you come to hear about the new treatments? “I never really stopped my online research. The extent of it would vary, but about two years ago, I started reading about the development of wholly oral treatments in the US, and of their spectacular cure-rates in trials. “But I […]

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Continued from Part One In 2003, Daenerys’ ex-partner – whose revelation first led to her having herself tested – contacted her again. He no longer had Hep. Just like that. He was, it turns out, one of the fortunate few who – for whatever reason – simply shrug off the disease. No such luck for […]

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There are many reasons why people living with Hep C make a decision to keep their condition to themselves. Sometimes it’s to avoid the stigma that can result by openly interfacing with the world as a Hep C positive person. Sometimes it helps in avoiding brute reality. I spoke with one of these secretive types […]

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