But that's not true anymore. Hepatitis C can be treated and cured...and treatment is getting better every day. You may have heard that only about 40 percent of patients can get rid of the Hepatitis C virus through treatment. That was true until this year, when the first new, direct-acting antiviral medicines were approved for use against the Hepatitis C virus. Now almost 80 percent of Americans treated can be cured. Treatment is better and easier to tolerate right now!
You should also know that there are programs in New York to help uninsured people get care and treatment for Hepatitis C. There are additional programs, funded by pharmaceutical companies, to help people without adequate prescription drug insurance get the medicines needed to treat and cure Hepatitis C. You can find information about these financial assistance programs...and people to talk with, in confidence, about them...on the Patient Assistance page of our website, above (under Resources).
You can also get the confidential support you need to fight and defeat Hepatitis C. Many people have found the fellowship, information, and help they need through Hepatitis C support groups. These groups are made up of patients who have joined forces to help one another learn about Hepatitis C and fight it together. People in Hepatitis C support groups recognize the need to maintain one anothers' privacy. You can feel certain that your Hepatitis C status will be held in confidence by members of a support group you visit and may choose to particiate in.
There are a number of Hepatitis C support groups in the five Boroughs of New York City. There are also support groups in other parts of New York State. You can find a list of support groups in New York, along with meeting schedules and contact information, on the Hepatitis C Support Group page of our website above (under Resources).
You can find the assistance and support you need to deal with Hepatitis C. Get tested if you don't know your status. If you know you are infected, check out the resources and information on our site. You can treat and defeat Hepatitis C. Protect your health and your future.
Contact us at HepatitisCMSG@gmail.com if you have questions or need help finding resources.