Hepatitis C could be eliminated as public health threat within next decade

Source: ABC News

There is hope hepatitis C could be eliminated as a public health threat in Australia within the next "10 to 15 years".

Thursday marks World Hepatitis Day, and with more than 230,000 Australians living with hepatitis C, the virus is considered a major public health issue. But statistics released from Hepatitis Australia show good news on the horizon for those living with the disease.

Hepatitis Australia chief executive Helen Tyrell said treatments had become increasingly effective, with a curative success rate of more than 95 per cent. "We're on track to eliminate hepatitis C as a public health threat in Australia within 10 to 15 years," she said.