Read Part I of my story at http://blog.mountsinai.org/blog/hepatitisc-treatment
My name is Andrew Styles. Hepatitis C is a liver infection caused by a virus. Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver, an organ that carries out over 500 functions that keep you healthy. I just successfully completed a new treatment for Hepatitis C (Hep C) and want to inspire others to get tested and treated. I was treated in the past with serious side effects, but this time was different. On the new treatment, the only symptom I got was mild fatigue. The new medicine in my treatment, Sofosbuvir (SOVALDI), was approved by the FDA on December 6, 2013, for treatment and cure of Hepatitis C virus. There are different treatments available and the treatment depends on your genotype (which kind of Hep C virus you have), your stage of liver disease and your other health issues. The full treatment that I just completed was Sofosbuvir (SOVALDI) 400 mg tablet once daily taken with a combination of Ribavirin 600 mg tablet 2 times a day and Peginterferon alfa-2a (PEGRASYS PROCLICK) 180 mcg/0.5 ml., a once a week injection.
The New York State Department of Health, AIDS Institute has awarded the Institute for Advanced Medicine (IAM) at the Mount Sinai Health System, a five-year, $5 million clinical education and training grant to help health care providers in New York State improve the outcomes of patients with HIV, hepatitis C (HCV), and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
My name is Andrew Styles and I was diagnosed with Hepatitis C in 2000. I hope my personal experiences help others by inspiring them to share their own stories. Anyone can get the Hepatitis C virus (HCV or Hep C): women, men, gay, straight, young and old; it does not discriminate.
According to the CDC, all “Baby Boomers” should get tested for hepatitis C. This is based only on age and for this recommendation Baby Boomers are defined as those born between 1945 and 1965
Hepatitis C (HCV) is a viral infection of the liver that can lead to cirrhosis, liver cancer, liver transplant, and death. It has been found to be very common in this age group, and, as they age, the consequences of the infection can be more severe and be irreversible before there are any symptoms at all!
The CDC also recommends that people who test positive for HCV be counseled about alcohol intake and referred to a liver disease specialist, who is familiar with the treatments available. This is particularly important now for several reasons.