What dangerous times gay Americans live in as diseases such as HIV, syphilis, staph and hepatitis run rampant throughout the LGBT community. With conspiracy theories being thrown around about the source, cause and intended development of such horrific viruses, at least the gay community can put one terrible concern to rest.
It seems there are cures for Hepatitis C popping up everywhere from Pakistan to right here in the good ole’ USA. Officials in Pakistan approximates there are 10 to 12 million Pakistanis infected with Hepatitis B and C. A research study was done at Aga Khan University suggesting that 70 percent of cases in younger patients suffering from Hepatitis C genotype 3 can be cured if caught in early stages before liver disease or cancer sets in.
Though, Pakistan is showing it medical might because of the growing need of their people, American had decided to flex its medical muscle because of the recent scare of an Hepatitis C outbreak due to the lack humanity from one David Kwiatkowski. If we all remember, last week this former surgical technician and Exeter healthcare professional was arrested for using needles tainted with his own Hepatitis C infected blood, on patients, through his work. Because of his action, thousands of potential Hepatitis C infections could have occurred.
Exeter patients that were infected will be allowed access to experimental treatments come September. According to the online media Seacostonline.com Dr. Raymond Chung, Vice Chief of Massachusetts General Hospital’s gastrointestinal unit and director of MGH’s liver transplant program, has high hopes for a new oral treatment that is rapidly moving through testing by the FDA and he is finalizing a clinical trials this fall with Exeter Hospital patients at no cost. The good news for everyone is that the drug has been tested on a few dozen Hepatitis C patients with wonderful results and limited side effects.
With all these new breakthroughs happening, what does the Hepatitis C cure mean for HIV positive gay individuals getting hit the hardest? Let’s start with a long strict regimen. Here is a brief description cited by Dr. Chung from Seacoastonline.com.
Chung said the Exeter Hospital outbreak clinical trial will include a treatment of two pills for a three-month period.
“Given the concerns about the existing therapy involving interferon injections and its plethora of side effects, there’s some concern about proceeding with that regimen on this population of patients,” Chung said.
Standard treatment for acute hepatitis C sometimes includes a daily oral medication called ribavirin and weekly injections of interferon for six to 24 months. The common side effects of this regimen include depression, anxiety and flu-like symptoms, to name a few, according to Chung.
There is no doubt that having a compromised immune system changes the playing field in the Hepatitis game. Hepatitis does not pose an immediate threat to normal functioning immune systems but add HIV into the mix and the danger increases tremendously. Even the experimental and standard treatments are cause for some doctors to switch up HIV medications for fear of terrible chemical reactions that could cause more harm than good.
The bottom line is that no Hepatitis C treatment right now is 100 percent for everybody but if you want to be a part of the percentile that has a chance of being cured, talk to your doctor and get as much information as possible. Don’t be left out of the game because you thought you are going to lose.