ASHM Report Back
Clinical posts from members and guests of the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM) from various international medical and scientific conferences on HIV, AIDS, viral hepatitis, and sexual health.
Far away places, too many cases
They're dedicated, they care and they need help!
The reports from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam all told similar sad stories - high numbers of HBV/HCV and low priority response from government.
Patients on incomes less than US$1,000 expected to pay US$14,000 for treatment!
Despite the odds, these doctors have in the past 12mths introduced new programs and are constantly advocating for greater recognition and increased funding to prevent the rise of viral hep.
Their stories may have been sad, but their drive and positive attitudes were inspiring.