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Pamela Anderson announces she is cured of hepatitis C

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Pamela Anderson announced in an Instagram post on Saturday that she has been cured of hepatitis, after a 16-year long battle with the viral disease. “I am CURED!!! — I just found out #nomorehepc #thankyou #blessing #family #prayer #live,” the 48-year old actress and model posted, along with a celebratory nude picture. “I pray anyone living with Hep C can qualify or afford treatment. It will be more available soon. I know treatment is hard to get still… #dontlosehope.” She had been diagnosed with the disease back in 2001 and said that the initial diagnosis felt like a “death sentence.” Comments the actress made to People in 2003, when she was taking a homeopathic drug instead of hepatitis drug Interferon and said she felt she only had “10 or 15 years to live,” caused some controversy among doctors, who pointed out that the disease did not mean an early death. Earlier this year, Anderson told People she had started a new FDA approved drug regimen to eradicate the virus, and she didn’t experience any side effects or liver damage. Currently, some  2.7 million people in the U.S. are infected with hepatitis C, but a majority of them are unaware because of a lack of symptoms. While a vaccine does not (yet) exist, there are several FDA-approved treatments for the disease.

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