Hepatitis C Australia: Aboriginal Population Has More?

Hepatitis C

A new study has recently been conducted to identify the status of Hepatitis C treatment in Australia in which it has been found that the rate of the infection is more in Aboriginal people.

Where Hepatitis C treatments are getting enhanced, the number of instances of the disease is increasing. A University of New South Wales Kirby Institute has conducted a study to study the track of treatments undertaken to cure hepatitis C in Australia. The report revealed that around 230,000 people were infected with the virus throughout the nation in 2015. Out of them, only one in five received relevant treatment.

The findings indicated that the rate of infection as notified in Australia has remained quite stable between 2012 and 2015. During 2006 to 2011, the rate declined to 22 percent. This stability has been maintained in all age groups in the last four years as well.

On the other hand, the same report revealed that the rate of Hepatitis C notification observed in the Aboriginal population and Torres Strait Islanders enhanced by 43 percent in the past half-decade. While the rate in 2011 was 115 per 100,000, in 2015 it increased to 165 per 100,000. It was concluded that the rate depicted for 2015 showed that Indigenous people grabbed the infection four times more than the rest Aussies, Gay News Network stated.

Professor Gregory Dore said that Australia leads the world in terms of Hepatitis C notifications and their treatments. “There’s absolutely no doubt that Australia is the envy of the world,” the ABC quoted him as saying. “In the first five months of access … more than 10 percent of the population with chronic hepatitis C has already commenced these therapies.”

“If you compare that to many other countries in their first 12 months of treatment, if you can treat 5 or 7 percent of the population in the first year of these therapies you’re thought to be doing pretty well.”

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