New Hepatitis C Treatment - Week 11: Dealing With Discrimination
In this video update (Shot on December 28th 2012) former National Champion amateur wrestler Devon Nicholson discusses the very serious issue of the negative stigma that exists towards Hepatitis C positive individuals. Nicholson has felt this negative treatment first hand from certain members of the public, numerous employers as well as a good number of people in the pharmaceutical and health care industries. Nicholson believes this view towards Hepatitis C patients is caused mainly by lack of public knowledge about the disease that now kills more people than AIDS.
More than 170 million people worldwide are infected with the Hepatitis C virus. It is the number one reason for liver transplants in the US. Methods of transmission include blood transfusions, organ transplants, the sharing of razor blades or unsanitary cutting instruments and many others. Nicholson believes not wanting to be labeled with the Hepatitis C negative stigma is one of the reasons more people aren’t attempting treatment or coming out about having the disease.
Nicholson (who has wrestled professionally for the WWE) also discusses the severe itching and rash side effects he has been experiencing while on treatment.
Nicholson is looking forward to 2013. he is determined to accomplish his goal of being cured of the disease by his 31st birthday.
This entry was originally published on December 30, 2012. Reprinted with permission.