Is anyone out there receiving treatment using the new drug Harvoni yet? I sure hope the NHS starts this treatment soon. It is a shame that everyone with HCV cannot have treatment now...once we are cured we will no longer be a burden on NHS unless we have to wait until we are so poorly that even after treatment the NHS will have to look after our damaged livers. Some HCV sufferers are already in a bad way...this cure will at least stop the damage done to the liver by the virus.
For me, in the last 3 to 4 years since I went over that 30 years threshold of having HCV my alt/ast serum alpha-feta protein and fibroscan have got a lot worse compared to the lull in the previous years. Another marker for me is that I am over 60 years old now. I do not drink, smoke, or take drugs(never) and eat healthily as well as keep my weight down...so, as there is little known for sure about HCV long term effects (HCV known since 1987) on a person's health...I wonder if any scientists are doing actual research and data collection on long term outcomes of living with this disease? Also, different genotypes perhaps influence outcomes.....does HCV progress faster in certain genotypes than others? If a large proportion of HCV sufferers linger on for 30-40'years with HCV but their health only begins to deteriorate more rapidly as they age...resulting in poor quality of end life where most develop liver cancer, need transplants or die of complications after long term care? At least the cost results in a cure, that is certain...with almost no complication...in 12 weeks (or for cirrhotic patients 24 weeks)...to be cured, what Joy!