PERSONAL STORIES OF HEPATITIS C, TREATMENT AND CURE
Welcome to Vital voices: Personal stories of treatment for hepatitis C. This website has two aims. First, it aims to support people living with hepatitis C in thinking about and/or having treatment. Second, it aims to inform the public about hepatitis C and what can be done about it.
Why this website now? Public discussion of blood-borne viruses rarely looks further than the statistics, but it’s important to remember health issues such as hepatitis C are experienced by many people in Australia and around the world, and that those people have complex lives, stories and experiences. After the advent of the highly effective direct-acting antiviral hepatitis C treatments (DAAs), the World Health Organization developed a strategy to eliminate the virus as a public health problem by 2030. Australia is one of several countries that committed to the goal of eliminating hepatitis C by 2030, and this has led to a range of measures including listing the medications on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and initiatives promoting treatment.
This website allows you to explore vitally important personal stories of hepatitis C and treatment at a time when elimination of the disease across communities seems possible. Vital voices also aims to showcase the lives of people affected by hepatitis C, emphasising their significance, complexity and vitality.
Vital voices aims to inform public discussions of hepatitis C, to counter stigmatising misconceptions, and to promote understanding of living with the virus and its treatment.