The Hepalogue

The Hepalogue

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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, […]