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New Hep C Treatment on the horizon!

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I like many others in the world; About 150 million people to be approximate are infected with Hepatitis C.  Many don’t even know they have it until cirrhosis or liver cancers are diagnosed.  There are no real symptoms for most people.  I found out because I used to be able to drink a few shots of Tequila… 3-5 with no ill effects.  My last drink was in 2003.  That 1 drink made me sick for 7 days. My right side hurt like a toothache. I didn’t even know where my liver was.

 

I was tested the year before and it was negative.  It could have been a false negative.. I went to the doctor and told him my symptoms and requested an HIV test and an HCV-Hepatitis C Virus.  He argued with me and asked why I wanted the Hep C test… I rolled up my sleeves and showed him part of my 32 tattoos.  I had to insist the test be done.

I waited about a week and went in for my follow up.  When he told me I was Hep C positive, I cried for days and I wanted to find out how I get. 

 

In between the first test and the second test I got 6 more tattoos.  My friends were all artists so I didn’t have to pay.  One of those tattoos was done at my house by a gang member from East LA.  Great guy but I don’t remember whether he pulled out a sterile tattoo needle or not.  That’s how I got it and I’m sticking to it.  I will never really know how I got it.  Most people don’t know that if they share a straw for snorting drugs, they can contract it easily.  Through sex, it’s a pretty low percentage.

I was diagnosed with Hep C 1B, the most resistant to treatment.  There are many other Genotypes: Following is a list of the different genotypes of chronic Hepatitis C:  Some of them only occur in Africa but have made their way here.

Genotype 1a
Genotype 1b
Genotype 2a, 2b, 2c & 2d
Genotype 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e & 3f
Genotype 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, 4e, 4f, 4g, 4h, 4i & 4j
Genotype 5a
Genotype 6aIf you have Hep C Genotype 1, you can still contract any of the other genotypes.

Your doctor will give you a grade from 1-4, 4 being the most advanced stage of Hep C.  When I was first diagnosed, I was at a one. Now, 10 years later, I am at a 2.  I don’t have far to go.

In September of 2011 I began treatment with Interferon and Ribaviron.  So, it was chemotherapy and pills.  The treatment consists of one injection of Interferon a week and 4 pills a day.  You have to drink a gallon of water or you will be very ill. This treatment takes 48 weeks for genotype 1 and 24 for the other types.  I wanted to die, I had never been that sick in my life.  I was dying.  I did two shots and had to quit.  I was unable to even drink water.

Now what??  I can never try that treatment again.  Most people who failed the treatment find that the treatment itself can make your Hep C worse.

Well, I found out last week that there is an oral medication now.  Only two pills. Together, these drugs achieved up to a 95 percent sustained response, meaning the drugs suppressed levels of hepatitis C in the blood over time.

It will work on all genotypes in 12 weeks! It has already gone through all of the trials and will be available in 9 months!  Hopefully I can tolerate this one.

Get tested. If you are positive, it is not a death sentence!!

 

 

 

 

 



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    • inshallamiami

      Do you have a link or the name(s) of these medications? Would really like to know as I will be starting treatment soon…..would love to wait for this new treatment.

    • snowmufon

      Hello,
      My name is Snow and you were asking about the link??? Please don’t do the traditional treatment. It almost killed me… it is poison.
      They are coming out with a new medication or two… I am going to wait for a natural remedy. I do not trust Big Pharma or the government.
      Every day there is new news regarding natural everything… I am afraid of medication. Within the next 9 months I guarantee they will have the new meds.
      Right now I am taking something called MMS- The Miracle Mineral Solution…. it is very cheap and I am willing to give it a try. I am not able to tell you any more about this MMS.
      If you have more questions, please feel free to ask.
      Link Below :smile:
      http://www.hepatitis-central.com/mt/

      Snow

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