Contact me through the website below and I will refer you to a Group working specifically on Prison issues.
Dr. Cecil does not work in the prison system. He formerly worked in the VA system.
Hepatitis C is a disease measured in years, not months or weeks. It takes a long time to develop. Most people, especially those who take care of themselves, will not progress to cirrhosis and death or ever need a transplant. Most patients (90%+) die of other causes, not hepatitis C.
He needs to know that he should not smoke (anything) as this has shown to be a factor in scarring of the liver.
He should not drink alcohol at all, especially the stuff they brew in the prison. This is the enemy of liver disease. Not a drop, EVER.
If he already eats well and exercises regularly, this is associated with less problems.
Also, treatment occasionally ifs given in the prison sytem. I must tell you that this is a brutal experience for the inmate. Prisons are not set up to offer the medical, emotional or social support that a patient needs during treatment. They do NOT manage any side effects and monitoring is done by paraprofessionals who know nothing about hepatitis C and really do n0ot care.
If your boyfriend has alcohol or substance abuse issues, these should be concentrated upon if programs are offered. If he is allowed conjugal visits, you should know that condom should be used.
You should also be tested.
I hope this helps,
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