Award-winning poet Kim Goldberg has published her seventh book, The World Newspaper reports. Undetectable documents her journey through hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment. Goldberg recounts that she lived with HCV in secret for decades until she was cured in 2015 through a clinical trial of the hep C drug Harvoni (sofosbuvir/ledipasvir).
Goldberg, a biologist and a native of North Bend, Oregon believes she contracted the liver virus more than 40 years ago, and has been waiting for a cure for years. She hopes to use her new book to help raise public awareness and reduce stigma about hep C, as well as to encourage everyone to get tested and treated, now that a cure is available.
Undetectable is a book-length poem using a Japanese literary style called haibun, a combination travel diary and haiku that documents Goldberg’s journey from diagnosis to cure. Her previous works of poetry and nonfiction have focused on urban homelessness and wildlife.
“The way to end the stigma is to normalize discussion about hepatitis C, to make it part of the public discourse the same way we openly discuss cancer or diabetes,” said Goldberg in a recent interview. “Nobody asked for hepatitis C. And everyone who has it deserves to be cured.”
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