I was also disappointed that the commercial compared hcv to hiv. I feel like it will just stigmatize people further.
I haven't seen it but it angers me to think of more ignorance being spread.
I remember a family member worried about my children and I said it is blood to blood contact, she did not know the difference between HIV and HCV. My doctor said, different virus.
This is disturbing.
Ok I saw the commercial I did not find it offensive. They just said there is another virus as serious as HIV that you may not have heard of. I think they were just trying to get people's attention by saying hep c is as serious as another virus likely everyone has heard of.
I still haven't seen it. I see, they are trying to let people know it is serious.
Looks like they have updated the add and removed the reference to HIV.
Good no need to confuse people.
Just to let you all know. That reference disappeared in the ads. I watch these ads on tv and wonder if people are treating more. My GP office said due to testing more were treated. People are shocked to find out they are positive. I believe that the majority of infections came from healthcare now. The stigma attached is wrongly referenced to victims of medical procedures before testing for Hepatitis C.
Hope everyone is doing well. I have experienced a rash of medical issues after treatment. Now I'm good to go. It has been 4 years after treatment.
I find it very inappropriate and feel they will be changing everyone's attitude towards those with Hep C in a very negative manner, creating a stigma in those who previously did not. They aren't scaring those with Hep C into seeking treatment, they are scaring the entire population and making it regretable in sharing with those individuals close to us for support. This commercial is all about scaring the general pulation to what benefit? Those with Hep C are aware it is a serious disease, they should be promoting their treatment in a positive manner if they want inividuals to choose their medicine.