hi guys...i have been diagnosed with hepatitis c, with a viral load count of one million. i have no insurance and am wondering how i am going to pay for the pegasys tx. if anyone has any experience with this, please help...
thank you all for the insight. the initial shock has not worn off yet; i have seen both sides of the spectrum with regards to the raw power of hepatitis c and also some success(albeit brutal)stories with tx, and they both scare me, but not understanding probably strikes the most fear. i sense some reief just being able to talk about it with those who have traveled these paths.
Where do you live? We might be able to be of more help if we knew that, as besides the meds, there will me many labs and docotrs visits..
Ask you r docotr and contact your states Government offices for info on programs which might be available in your state
Here is the link for the Hepatitis Foundation International , which is the national clearing hose for hep C, in Baltimore MD, you can call or email them, they aare quites helpful.
Counselors can be reached
at our toll-free number,
Send regular mail to:
Hepatitis Foundation International
504 Blick Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20904-2901
It can be done w/o insurance. I did it. First, I was going to tx no matter what since I was a 2b and my liver had failed. So I decided to forgo the bx, sona etc. My meds were free-S-P, I used only otc's and 'natural' herbal remedies for the sx's. I did not see any other MD's for anything. No office calls, no Rx's=no expense. I used food as nutrional medicine, not just something to fill or over fill me up. I used meditation, walking and light home work outs in our home gym to combat depression, insommnia, fatique.
And I had a very easy time of it. I spend the 6mo between the icu and the start of tx building up my body nutrionally and physically. And I had a partner he was so supportive he gave me all my shots-3x a wk for 24wks, refused to let me dwell on 'what ifs' and 'if onlies', and would hold me when I couldn't sleep.
That's the ticket!I cl'ed @ day 18 2 1/2 yrs a go. Oh, I'm a medical marijuanna patient and can grow my own-hep c is a qualifier in WA and OR. That was a huge help and stayed w/in my herbal healing philosophy.
yes, there are many clinical trials for 1a nonresponders...my husband is on one by Intermune, he is on daily infergen and 1200 riba daily. My husband is treated by a doctor at a research hospital, they are very involved with clinical trials. I would start by asking your doctor. I am sure someone on this site has a web address to find clinical trials for Hepc nonresponders. Good luck!
I didn't have insurance either my doctor got Options Care to take me, They filled out all the paper work and everything to the medicine company they gave it to me free. If you have the company Options Care in your part of the country they might take you. If you don't make to much money to qualify.
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