Pamela Anderson claims that she has been cured of hepatitis C. Anderson celebrated by posting a nude photo of herself on Instagram.
"I am CURED!!! — I just found out #nomorehepc #thankyou #blessing #family #prayer #live."A few months ago, Pamela Anderson told People magazine that she was taking a new medication that had the potential to rid her of the virus that she was diagnosed with in 1999.
"I'm very fortunate.... Sixteen years ago [the diagnosis was] a death sentence. I think it really worked on my self esteem. Even though I may have looked confident on the outside, I think it was a dark cloud that lingered over me."Pamela Anderson contracted Hep C by sharing tattoo needles with ex-boyfriend Tommy Lee of Motley Crue.
The new medications used to cure hepatitis C are very expensive and are usually not covered by insurance. Drugs such as Sovaldi, Olysio, and Viekira Pak cost upwards of $1,000 per pill. A full round of treatment can cost $100,000. Pamela also mentioned on Instagram that she wishes that anyone who is diagnosed with this disease can afford these new medications.
"I pray anyone living with Hep C can qualify or afford treatment."According to the CDC, 2.7 million people are infected with hepatitis C. People who are at high risk of acquiring the disease are people who inject drugs into their system, patients who receive a blood transfusion, healthcare workers, and children born from a mother who has the virus. Up to 25 percent of hepatitis C patients have been able to rid themselves of hepatitis C without any treatment. As of now, it is unknown how this happens.
Hepatitis C is diagnosed from a blood test. Only 15 percent of patients show symptoms, which include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, joint pain, fever, dark urine, jaundice, and fatigue. If a person is exposed to hepatitis C, a diagnosis can be discovered within four to 10 weeks. Eventually, hepatitis C causes cirrhosis of the liver after decades of having the virus. The CDC has a list of people who should be tested for the virus.
- Persons born from 1945 through 1965
- Persons who have ever injected illegal drugs, including those who injected only once many years ago
- Recipients of clotting factor concentrates made before 1987
- Recipients of blood transfusions or solid organ transplants before July 1992
- Patients who have ever received long-term hemodialysis treatment
- Persons with known exposures to HCV, such as
- health care workers after needlesticks involving HCV-positive blood
- recipients of blood or organs from a donor who later tested HCV-positive
- All persons with HIV infection
- Patients with signs or symptoms of liver disease (e.g., abnormal liver enzyme tests)
- Children born to HCV-positive mothers (to avoid detecting maternal antibody, these children should not be tested before age 18 months)
"I don't have any liver damage and I don't have any side effects. I'm living my life the way I want to but it could have eventually have caused me some problems and so it was a real blessing that I was able to get the medicine. I'm really excited," she added. "I feel good. I feel so blessed."
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