The Hepalogue

The Hepalogue

Some Pure Unadulterated Frustration

by The Golden Phaeton on 22/09/2016

In this post I was going to compare Australia’s response to Hep C to that of the rest of the world. I think I might save that till next time. Because yesterday was the day. I’d had my bloods taken two weeks prior. I had my appointment. I’d been told the all important viral load […]

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Ride This Wave to Nirvana

by The Golden Phaeton on 08/09/2016

So much to talk about. So many lively conversations underway in the world of Hep C treatment. Everything seemed so straightforward back when it all began on March one. Indeed, fool that I am, I expected the subject to be done and dusted, that I would be wrapping up The Hepalogue for want of material. Nothing could […]


Dodging The Magic Bullet

by The Golden Phaeton on 29/08/2016

Amidst the hope and jubilation suffusing the world of Hep C treatment at present, I think it might be time to temper it a little by recalling those for who the treatments have come too late. On Thursday, I attended the funeral of an old and valued friend. We’d known each other from primary school […]



by The Golden Phaeton on 22/08/2016

The tone of the recent World Hepatitis day was distinctly celebratory, and deservedly so. Greg Dore of The Kirby Institute at UNSW delivered the key takeaway, which was subsequently re-reported by most mainstream media outlets – and just about every site on the web with a stake in the issue. Since March 1st when the new Hep C treatments […]


Brave New Words From The Victorian Government

by The Golden Phaeton on 01/08/2016

World Hepatitis Day proved to be something of a talk-fest, at least for me. I nearly filled an A4 spirex with notes. And I learned, finally, after a frustrating number of failed Google searches, that the 28th of July was chosen because it was the birthday of Baruch Samuel Blumberg (1925-2011). Blumberg was awarded a […]

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How Much Should I Care About World Hepatitis Day?

by The Golden Phaeton on 27/07/2016

Tomorrow is World Hepatitis Day. Rippling with excitement? Juddering with enthusiasm? It depends on who you are, I guess. To the ordinary human this… event? observance? is unlikely to generate much interest. Even, possibly, a vague queasiness… After all, hepatitis has never had the avant-garde mystique of tuberculosis… once seen as a disease of artists, […]


The Robot Doctors Are Gathering Dust

by The Golden Phaeton on 18/07/2016

I’m sure there are a great many people out there who have taken the cure in their stride, who are surging into the future on a wave of liveliness and motivation. Sadly, I don’t think I’m one of them. I’m sweating a lot less, that’s good. My liver is not sore for the first time in decades, […]


O Rose, Thou Art Sick

by The Golden Phaeton on 05/07/2016

Whispers diffuse like a cold breeze through the vaulted chambers and cobwebbed passages of The Citadel. For many seasons, certain Maesters – aloof from their brothers – have wrestled with the meaning of a primaeval miasma which – even in that time ere the Doom came to Valyria – has stricken us with a Curse. These […]


Don’t Share With Yourself!

by The Golden Phaeton on 13/06/2016

(Is this title an oxymoron? We shall see. Meanwhile …) The area of my brain that is rational, my left hemisphere (as some claim) is pleased to learn that Hep C RNA can no longer be detected in my blood. So I’m virus-free, or at least I was on the day of the test. In all likelihood […]


(NB – This page will gradually incorporate more links and further items.)   AbbVie – Makers of the Viekira Pak. Currently trialling a new, very promising cocktail of two DAAs. AIVL -Australian Injecting & Illicit Drug Users League. Based in Canberra, this is the ‘peak body’ uniting the various state-based users organisations. ALT – Alanine transaminase – an […]