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My Hep C Travel Diary, Hepatitis C Advocate
After Gerry Nealon died recently, I decided to a write a memorial to this man who so quietly helped so many people.
The harsh reality is that people who have hepatitis C are at a high risk of developing gallstones.
For reasons that still elude me, people with Hepatitis C are terribly stigmatized in many countries.
The low wages and high cost of a viral load test means that very few Filipinos can afford a viral load test or genotype test.
The possible side effects of hep C treatment often get blown out of proportion.
When I first learned that I had hep C in 2014 I knew nothing about the illness, but I found support forums and groups by going online.
The statistics are that about 5% of babies born to hep C infected mothers will catch hep C during the birth process, not during pregnancy.
Be patient and be kind to yourself but also push yourself when you need to push.
We are talking here not about the side effects of hep C medication but the effects of hep C treatment.
I was fit and healthy for 40 years with hep C, and then one day I went downhill so fast and so suddenly that it looked like I would die.
Whilst Hep C was only discovered and identified in 1989 it has probably been infecting and killing humans for tens of thousands of years.
One of the important things about my journey with hepatitis C was how many people helped me along the way.
In this post I share a great story from a person who beat Hepatitis C after relapsing. I also share how to avoid a Hep C treatment relapse.
With the arrival of the COVID-19 virus the world’s attention has focused on the world of viruses like never before.
Baby boomers score high infection rates because hep C was only discovered in 1989, so they were the first demographic to get widely tested.
The reason that the NVHR is not interested in telling people about the generic hep C option is because it is mostly sponsored by Big Pharma.
I learned that many people contracted hep C from getting dental work done when hygiene standards were not as strict as they are now.
There is really no “free” Hep C treatment: Someone always pays.
Often people are reluctant to start using a hep C medication because they are concerned about the possible side effects during treatment.
For many people getting back to 100% health is quite easy, but for others the damage caused by hep C is difficult to come back from.
I have spent a lot of time and energy figuring out ways to smuggle medicines to people in need of them.
People needing hep C treatment in Cuba can only be treated with interferon and ribavirin, which is a treatment from the Dark Ages of Hep C.
Here is a fantastic story from Jonathan Nakamoto in the USA who treated and cured his hepatitis C with generic Harvoni from India in 2016.
There has been a lot of discussion about the side effects of Harvoni and other hepatitis C treatments with direct acting antivirals.
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