Can Hepatitis C Be Cured?

Can Hepatitis C Be Cured? ** READER EMAIL

I heard this is a chick who has tested positive for Hepatitis C out there. She’s new so hasn’t done much but how can anyone let her work knowing she has hep c?  How are these dickhead agents getting away with booking these girls knowing they have these serious medical issues? 

Someone is spreading a rumor that there is currently an active female performer in LA that has Hepatitis C but she claims it was cured. The question is, can hepatitis C really be cured? Or is this girl just full of shit?

For decades now Pamela Anderson has suffered from Hep C. That’s where I first learned about it. It’s a very serious viral infection that can cause major damage to your liver.

Until recently, hepatitis C treatment required weekly injections and oral medications that many people couldn’t take because of other health problems or unacceptable side effects. In other words, you can try and treat your Hep C, but you couldn’t cure it. It was only something you could maintain, as long as your body could handle the “treatment”.

But times have changed.

For those who have suffered from Hep C for years, there is no cure.  But if you just get it and it’s caught quickly enough, there are some new oral medications that you can take every day for a few months to eradicate the virus – not suppress, I mean actually kill it.

The catch is this only works with those who have not been on treatment for Hep C. If you have Hep C and have been fighting it for years, it’s not likely the new batch of medication can cure you. I’m not sure why, I’m not a doctor. I just know that the new treatments, especially the one the FDA approved last January only works with those who haven’t undergone previous treatment for Hep C.

“Today, direct-acting antiviral medications are approved for the treatment of hepatitis C,” Dr. Hanouneh says. “These drugs work specifically against the hepatitis C virus by suppressing viral replication so it eventually dies.”

The new treatments are about 90% effective. This is a huge success rate for the most common type of Hep C. The problem is, the new treatments are extremely expensive. Depending on the type of Hep C you have and how long you have to be treated, costs can reach $100k.

So to address the issue of the performer with Hep C, as far as I can tell she went to test prior to filming her first scene, popped positive for Hep C, did a confirmatory test, found out she did, in fact, have Hep C, went home for 3 or 4 months, underwent treatment and has tested again, this time she has tested negative for Hep C.

I have gotten 3 emails about it, the one I got today was what made me decide to write about it. I think we need to clear up the issue at hand. I don’t want people out there spreading misinformation or bullshit.

As far as I can tell, the original source of the story is a girl who was in the model house with the other girl who popped positive.

But that being said, as far as I can tell the girl has now tested twice, both times she tested negative.

 

3 Replies to “Can Hepatitis C Be Cured? ** READER EMAIL”

  1. nvm

    “The catch is this only works with those who have not been on treatment for Hep C. If you have Hep C and have been fighting it for years, it’s not likely the new batch of medication can cure you. ”
    That is complete misinformation!

    For people who have experienced treatment failure with some form of combination therapy for hepatitis C infection, one of the next possible steps would be retreatment with sofosbuvir and either ledipasvir or daclatasvir, with or without weight-based ribavirin. What genotype and particular combination therapy a person was on when the initial treatment failed are also taken into consideration when deciding on which combination to use next. The duration of retreatment can also range from 12 weeks to 24 weeks depending on factors such as which medications are used for the retreatment, whether the person has liver cirrhosis or not, and whether the liver damage is classified as compensated cirrhosis or decompensated cirrhosis.
    http://hcvguidelines.org/sites/default/files/HCV-Guidance_October_2016_a.pdf

    Gilead Sciences has an active ledipasvir-sofosbuvir patient assistance program for eligible patients with hepatitis C who do not have insurance and do not have coverage through Medicaid or Medicare. Information regarding the Gilead Sciences ledipasvir-sofosbuvir (Harvoni) patient assistance program can be obtained at the Support Path for Solvaldi and Harvoni web site and by contacting them directly by phone at 1-855-769-7284

  2. thetruth

    Not to make anyone else squirm, I tested postive for hepetitis B, it will go away within 6 months, if it does not, there is a host of treatment including baracludes, interferon, these treatments can 90% of the time kill hepetitis B (Chronic) , and also Hepetitis C. My uncle was Hepetitis C Positive and was cured using interferon.

  3. LurkingReader

    Some tidbits to consider …
    hepC can be cured it can also reinfect a formerly cured patient.

    Unless a patient has an existing insurance policy with top tier drugs included it often takes longer to get the treatment than the longer 24 week cure mentioned in other comments.

    Depending on the type of test HepC can show undetectable (goal of treatment) while other tests still show positive the same way syphilus does. With either bug the undetectable result is what’s important to gauge your risk level today; a positive result without the second test showing if it’s detectable or undetectable isn’t adequate to show what potential risk is now…it only proves at some time the patient had the bug.

    Bottom line …chasing the rumor mill on this or that performer cuz so said blah blah blah is usually a waste of time. Learning what the industry tests show and don’t show for use as tools to accurately assess the risks you’re okay with is a wise investment in yourself your brand and your co-workers.

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