HepCured Promotes Hepatitis C Awareness and Treatment
Hepatits C is one silent disease that infects the liver and if left untreated can cause liver cancer and cirrhosis or scarring of the liver. It causes few symptoms so many of those infected don’t know they have the disease.
There are many forms of the hepatitis C virus and the most common is type 1. None is more serious than any other, but they respond differently to treatment.
In the Philippines, a movement that promotes awareness and treatment of Hepatitis C was recently launched, HepCured through the website www.hepcured.net.
Through HepCured, Hepatitis C patients can be part of a community of seekers for the cure called The Cure Club. The Cure Club endeavors to search for treatments and remedies that are more accessibly priced and can be found in non-traditional sources.
“One of the most common causes of liver-based sicknesses is Hepatitis C. According the Word Hepatitis Alliance, about 80 to 150 million people are dealing daily with Hepatitis C. In spite of such a high-risk rate, public concern and information is limited,” reveals former photographer, action star, movie producer and Hepatitis C survivor Derek Dee who spearheaded HepCured.
The once action star turned business man, Derek Dee, who is also known as the bad boy, ex-husband of Melanie Marquez, has now turned into an activist for the cause of hepatitis C victims here in the Philippines. A hep C survivor himself, Derek’s advocacy pits him against goliath pharmaceutical companies that block the entry of cheaper, more effective drugs into the country. He spearheads HepCured Philippines, a movement that promotes awareness and treatment of hepatitis C.
In spite of such a high-risk rate, public concern and information remains scant. A probably cause for this is that the disease has no visible symptoms and can take years, or even decades, to show any adverse effects.”
Anybody can have Hepatitis C and might not even know it, like what happened to him. A person’s lifestyle 15 to 30 years ago could damage the liver without any signs. “The main reason people die from Hepatitis C is because symptoms don’t show up until it is too late so you don’t know that you are sick,” points out Derek, emphasizing the importance of getting tested.
Four years ago, having Hepatitis C was a death sentence because there was no cure yet. But now, powerful medicines with a cure rate of 94%-97% have been discovered. And affordable generic options are available so there is nothing to fear.
Access to the cure that is easy on the pocket is provided in the site discussions. “It is through constant updating and sharing of knowledge that the disease can be identified, battled, and defeated,” declares Derek.
For more information, log on to www.hepcured.net or visit their Facebook page, @hepcured.