Anger at hepatitis C trial with call for money to be spent on cures

A MEDICAL trial to teach hepatitis C sufferers how to avoid infecting their children with the virus has been criticised as fearmongering and a waste of desperately needed health funding.

The State Government will partly fund the trial, called Families Living Healthily with hepatitis C, which aims to teach sufferers how to better prevent transmission of the bloodborne virus.

More than 5000 Tasmanians have been diagnosed with hep C, but medical experts believe many more people unknowingly carry the liver-destroying virus in their blood.

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