How can i get involved in the free treatment. I'm infected and don't know where to start getting the treatment or how much it costs
I also have HepC. Was diagnosed in95'. I did the only availabe regiment of Interferon and Ribavirin. It was supposed to be done for12 months. Interferon is a drug they give to kids with a type of cancer. I had to inject my constantly and take pills. This tore my body up. At 10 months I stopped and got checked with the viral load higher than when I started. A couple of years later, they came out with a stronger Interferon and I only lasted 3 months out of the 12. I'm sure you saw the ads on TV for Harvoni. This is a drug that costs $84,000.00 for 3 months.After insurance pays their part, you most likely will have a huge co-pay. BUT, check with the pharmaceutical company, which is Gilead, as they offer a $5.00 co-pay coupon. But Harvoni is only for Genotype 1A or 1B. If you are a 2A or 2B, you have to go with Sovali and Rivavirin. This one is also from Giliad.The cost is cheaper, if you want to use cheaper,,loosely. Still you will qualify for a $5.00 co-pay from the pharmaceutical co. If you have no insurance,,you get a free ride from the pharmaceutical co. Genotypes go all the way to 6's. You will need to have a liver biopsy and blood work done. This is a requirement for treatment. The side effects of both Harvoni and Sovaldi are supposed to be minimal. Nothing like the old treatment of Interferon and Ribivirin. Although the later, older treatment is still being prescribed. It all depends on the present condition of your liver and your genotype. Eradication with the new drugs being prescribed have a 95% and up rate. It's very hopefull. It does take 20-30 years for the virus to start kickin' in. Meaning it most definitly will let you know you are living with the enemy. On Tuesday I am going for another biopsy. Depending on those findings along with my blood work, I will then know the present state of my liver. I'm already working with my insurance co. and pharmaceutical co. Alot of phone calls and papertrails I finally have got a handle on. Just take a breathe. ,and begin the process. It's not nearly as bad as the potential outcome, if you didnot seek treatment... Good luck.
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