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A WORD FROM THE EDITOR! Hey Tx!-ians!
Welcome to Tx! Mag #31 - stuffed with stories and useful info about hep C and getting cured. One reader asked us "What does 'Tx' stand for?" - which is a reasonable question! "Tx" is doctor shorthand for "treatment". Since the magazine is about treatment and cure of hep C, and testing and treatment of hep B, it seemed like the right way to go when we renamed it. And it's fitting for this issue, because both our stories are about characters who are living with hep C and follows their journey of not only being cured, but also getting their lives back. We know that many readers want to see real stories and that shared personal experiences are very important. These two stories - both Jake's and Geena's - are based on real life stories. I'd like to give special thanks to The Kirketon Road Centre (KRC) in Darlinghurst for lettting Tx! MAG speak with the people there to help us in the production of this edition. Names and certain details have been changed to protect the privacy of participants, but the words of both Jake and Geena still tell the same stories about living with hep C and being cured. There are also crosswords, a word puzzle, find-a-word and sudokus in this edition. Check out our survey and the competion for your chance to win a $100 gift voucher by entering either.
EDITOR/DESIGNER Grace Crowley EDITORIAL COMMITTEE Tim Baxter Ben Cork Paul Harvey Maria McMahon Sonam Paljor Lucy Pepolim Kate Pinnock Rhea Shortus Thomas Wright SPECIAL THANKS Kyle Leadbeatter Naomi Hatchman STORY WRITERS Lawrence Gergich (Jake's Story) Charlie Foster (Geena's Story) COMIC ARTISTS Skye Ogden (Jake's Story) Emily K. Smith (Geena's Story) CONSULTANTS gestaltcomics.com
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MAYBE IT WAS THE HEP C... MAYBE NOT. WHO COULD SAY?
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THE LATEST HEP C TREATMENTS TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR, NURSE OR CLINIC ABOUT THE NEW HEP C CURES SOFOSBUVIR & VELPATASVIR
GLECAPREVIR & PIBRENTASVIR
SOFOSBUVIR & LEDIPASVIR
GRAZOPREVIR & ELBASVIR
GENOTYPES (1 TO 6)
8 OR 12
GENOTYPES (1 TO 6)
OF PEOPLE CURED
OF PEOPLE CURED
WEEKS LAST UPDATED AUGUST 2018
OF PEOPLE CURED
OF PEOPLE CURED
WHO ARE THEY FOR? ADULTS WHO HAVE HEP C AND A MEDICARE CARD MOST PEOPLE HAVE NO OR VERY MILD SIDE-EFFECTS FOR A SMALL NUMBER OF PEOPLE, TREATMENT MAY LAST LONGER THE 5% OF PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT CURED WITH THE ABOVE ARE TYPICALLY OFFERED ANOTHER TREATMENT, VOSEVI.
IMPORTANT: TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE CURED, YOU NEED TO GET A PCR BLOOD TEST AT LEAST 12 WEEKS AFTER YOU FINISH YOUR TREATMENT.
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Tx! COMPETITION ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS... All you have to do to win is answer these four questions correctly, just tick the right box! We'll chose one entry at random and the first one with all answers right will be the winner! 1. Even if you tried interferon can you still be cured of hep C with new treaments? [JAKE'S STORY] Yes, the new treatments offer 95% cure rate. Um... nah? Don't know... I have to read Jake's Story... Jupiter 2. Do you need a test 12 weeks after tretment ends to make sure you're cured? [GEENA'S STORY] Yep, a PCR/HCV RNA blood test is the only way to know for sure. Um... nooooo? Don't know... I have to read Geena's Story... Saturn 3. What organ is most effected by hepatitis C? [JAKE'S STORY] The liver Um... harmonica? Don't know... I have to read Jake's Story... Uranus 4. Are the new hep C treatments better or worse than interferon? [GEENA'S STORY] Better - 95% cure rate, few side-effects, 8 or 12 weeks (for most people) Um... worse? Don't know... I have to read Geena's Story... Neptune
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FIND-A-WORD! Q Q O F N J T T S I M E H C J
R A M H O M U D T R O P H Y U
O E O E I O R Z Y E K C L S C
E X T N T R N V B D E H N F U
R H O I S N I B C N T O B M T
E A R G E I N U W A I C O S N
V U C A U N G D T T T O A E E
O S Y M Q G N R C S E L R I M
G T C I T E E E B R P A D R T
N E L F G A J A W E P T I E N
U D E E T N U Y G D A E N C I
H C L M I D Q I O N E Z G O O
U G E S C A P E I U M R J R P
M N C K O O L T U O N T K G P
T C O N F I D E N T G G C F A
EASY AS SUDOKU 1 2 3 4 3
NUMBERS Each grid is partially completed with numbers. The goal is to fill the missing numbers into the grid - from 1 to 4. In each column, row and grid you can use each number only once.
Can you find all 22 of these words in the puzzle above? The words might go up or down, left or right, forwards or backwards. The solution is below, but no peeking! ESCAPE TREATMENT LEGEND MOTORCYCLE BOARDING HUNGOVER INJECTIONS CHOCOLATE
APPOINTMENT TROPHY CHEMIST YOUNG EXHAUSTED GROCERIES QUESTION APPETITE
CONFIDENT UNDERSTAND IMAGINE OUTLOOK TURNING MORNING SHAPES Each grid is partially completed with shapes - star, circle, square, triangle. The goal is to fill the missing shapes. In each column, row and grid you can use each shape only once.
TX! MAG #30 [HEP C]
TX! MAG #29 [HEP B]
TX! MAG #28 [HEP C]
TX! MAG #27 [HEP C]
TX! MAG #26 [HEP B]
TX! MAG #25 [HEP C]
Myths & Barriers This edition looks at reasons that people think might prevent them from starting hep C treatment... "too busy", "not sick enough", reinfection, "side-effects".
Best Shot After 20 years with hep C, Lisa learns of new cures. Livin' Doug takes on the challenges of life and hep C testing.
B is for Baby Kat discovers she has hep B, what does it mean for her and her unborn baby? Double Trouble Ben is surpised to find out he has both hep C and hep B.
Can't "B" Happening Gina gets some surprise news from her ex-boyfriend. One Step At A Time Mick has to deal with a flare up in his hep B.
A Fine Line Morgan and her school friends get a group tattoo, and an extra surprise. Not Again Blake wants his first hep C treatment to be his only.
Ch-ch-changes Sam and Clara have both been living with hep C for a long time. Will the new treatments change all that for them?
CROSSWORD 1 TARGET L I E H T H A R E
How many words of four letters or more can you make from the letters here? In making a word, each letter may be used once only. Each word must contain the centre letter, and there must be at least one nine-letter word. No foreign words, no words with initial capitals and no hyphenated words.
ACROSS 1. A sweet fruit spread; stuck in traffic. (3) 3. Perform a play. (3) 5. Dope, dolt, bumpkin. (3) 6. Baby wears one to keep food off. (3) 8. Section of a race; limb. (3) 10. Like 007; secret agent. (3) 12. Alien spacecraft. (3) 14. Donkey; American backside. (3) 15. Young dog; young seal; young shark! (3) 16. Where a story finishes. (3)
DOWN 1. Task. (3) 2. Bunch of people. (3) 3. Aussie Rules footy. (3) 4. Small label on clothing; graffiti signature. (3) 7. Little devil. (3) 9. Fantasy folk with pointy ears (3) 10. A small drink (3) 11. Sound made by a dog. (3) 12. Utilise. (3) 13. Strange, weird. (3) Solution next page
What's your score?
6 Meh. But at least you tried! 13 Pretty good, eh? 22 Awesome 34 Holy crap! Mega genius! 65+ You are clearly a human dictionary and/or computer...we didn't even know half of those crazy words! Answers next page
A little bit harder...!
CROSSWORD 1 SOLUTION
B I C E O L I V L E BR L C AR M WE L
Y C L E A D I E R G I E A I NG G WH P P E ABOAR L DUD
CROSSWORD 2 SOLUTION
D E N E R G Y
1. A door has one; a familiar name rings one! (4) 2. Wrapping; shelter. (5) 3. Looking after. (6) 4. Border, boundary or fringe. (4) 5. Get up and go; power. (5) 9. Accuse someone of something! (5) 11. Flock of sheep; pack of cattle. (4) 13. Buddy, chum, mate. (3) 14. Many peas in one. (3) 16. Two letters ending many Australian website addresses. (2) Solution at right (no peeking now!!)
J A M A C T O O A F A B I B L E G M L S P Y U F O I A S S D P U P E N D
1. Two-wheeled pedal ride. (7) 6. Loud noise. (3) 7. Organ of the body damaged by hep C. (5) 8. Listen with this! (3) 9. Deliver, fetch. (5) 10. For what reason, or purpose? (3) 12. A fish; whinge and complain. (4) 15.On a ship. (6) 17. Deep ground hole with water in it. (4) 18. Something defective or faulty. (3)
TARGET SOLUTION (red=more common) aether, airt, alert, alit, alter, arete, artel, atelier, earth, eater, either, elate, elater, elite, ether, halite, halt, halter, hart, hate, hater, hath, health, HEALTHIER, heart, hearth, heat, heater, heath, heather, hereat, heth, hilt, hither, irate, late, later, lath, lathe, lather, lathi, lati, leather, leet, lethe, lite, lithe, lither, litre, rate, ratel, rath, rathe, reheat, relate, relit, retail, rete, retie, rite, tael, tahr, tail, tale, taler, tali, tare, teal, tear, thaler, thar, thee, their, there, three, tier, tile, tiler, tire, trail, tree, trial
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Jake and Geena tell their personal stories of how they lived with hep C, got cured and got their lives back!