The Hepalogue

The Hepalogue

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]