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    Old 07-15-2004, 10:16 AM   #1
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    Angry My father has Hepatitis C _again_.

    Hi guys, I have found this forum after attempting to google some information about Hepatitis C.

    Let me give you some background information. A few years ago, my dad had Hepatitis C. The therapy costs would be too expensive, so hope was low. I'm first-generation here (I live in Florida), so my parents are working at really bad jobs. But, at my mom's new job had insurance, and we found out they covered the therapy costs for hepatitis C. My dad went on it, and after about a year, he was "cured."

    Well, despite my pleas for him not to drink, he drank, although significantly less then he had before. He only drinks about a beer once every week/2 weeks.

    Well, fast forward to yesterday. He had just got his blood test done yesterday, and guess what.. He has hepatitis C again.... :-/

    I really don't know what's going to happen now. My dad is thinking of going to the specialist again and getting more therapy.. But will the insurance even cover it?

    What are the chances that he'll be "cured" again? They said treatment responds 40% of the time, but wouldn't that % be lowered for him, since he had taken the treatment before?

    I really don't know what questions to ask either.. So, just tell me everything you know..

    P.S., this seems like a really nice forum that I might frequent. In my future, I might go into the medical field, so hopefully this will give me a head start.

     
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    Old 07-15-2004, 03:18 PM   #2
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    Re: My father has Hepatitis C _again_.

    Is what my father having called a 'relapse'?

    I'm browsing the Hepatitis forum and i see this thread:

    http://www.healthboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=187437

    Is this the same thing?

     
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    Old 07-15-2004, 04:44 PM   #3
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    Re: My father has Hepatitis C _again_.

    He has relapsed both with alcoholism and hepatitis C.

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    Old 07-25-2004, 01:13 AM   #4
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    Re: My father has Hepatitis C _again_.

    Soemthing your Father may want to know is that the Hep C virus LOVES alcohol!! For some reason one of the only things that will virtually guarantee increases in Viral Load (and, of course, worsening liver enzyme counts) is alcohol intake of ANY kind...Some half cocked Docs (my first one among them) will say that a drink every once in a while won't hurt you, but this is absolutely not true.
    I can't judge (nor can anyone but family or your father) whether or not he's an alcoholic, but IMHO, that problem pales when compared with the actual damage being done by even the lightest drinking.

     
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    Old 07-29-2004, 05:39 AM   #5
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    Re: My father has Hepatitis C _again_.

    I was told that I had Hep C again after almost 2 years of testing negative .. after additional blood tests they now state that it was only antibodies and the Hep C in not positive?! I am pregnant and will monitor this closely ... I believe that a very experienced liver specialist is crucial for correct information and they are hard to find.. Never be too shy to ask for a second opinion!
    During my treatment I did drink alcohol but slowly started to see it as drinking poison for my liver so I have stopped but the occasional glass of wine, also I really can't beileve that a beer every couple of weeks can harm you in any way and defenately not kill you.. but I am no expert!
    I wish you and your father the best of luck

     
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