Pamela Anderson revealed she was cured of Hepatitis C when she posted a nude photo on her Instagram.
The former Baywatch star declared she was free from the nasty viral disease after completing a new drug treatment in the US.
“I am CURED!!!” she wrote underneath a sexy shot of her reclining, fully naked, in a yacht.
“I just found out #nomorehepc #thankyou #blessing #family #prayer #live,” the 48-year-old former Playboy model wrote alongside the photo.
Pamela Anderson, who contracted the debilitating blood disease when she was married to Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, went public with the news of her diagnosis in 2002.
She said she caught the virus after she and Lee shared a tattoo needle, and that Lee hadn’t disclosed his condition.
In August this year, Anderson told People magazine that after various alternative treatments, she was trying a new treatment, which was approved by the FDA in the US earlier this year. The pills reportedly cost more than $1000 each and a course must be taken for several months.
“I’m very fortunate that I’ve had Hep C for about 16 years,” Anderson told People. “Sixteen years ago that was [presented to me] as a death sentence. I think it really worked on my self esteem. Even though I may have looked confident on the outside, I think it really was a dark cloud that lingered over me.”
Pamela Anderson said she hadn’t sustained any liver damage or side effects.
“I’m living my life the way I want to but it could have eventually have caused me some problems and so it was a real blessing that I was able to get the medicine. I’m half way there.”
Hepatitis C is a viral disease which affects the liver, and can eventually lead to liver failure; it an be contracted by sharing needles or, in rare cases, through sexual intercourse.
Pamela Anderson told People her doctors had put her on a new FDA-approved drug which she declined to name; in the US many of the newer treatments for Hepatitis C are costly, and not often covered by insurance; a full course of treatment can cost more than $100,000.
“I pray anyone living with Hep C can qualify or afford treatment,” Anderson said in her Instagram post. “It will be more available soon. I know treatment is hard to get still.”
Until recently, treatments for the virus were not always effective. A patient is considered cured of Hepatitis C when no signs of the virus are detected in the blood for three months after treatment has finished.
GIven the way it is usually transmitted, Hep C tends to be something of a rock and roll disease – other celebrities who have contracted the virus include Velvet Undergound singer Lou Reed, who died in 2013 from complications of the virus; Aerosmith frontman Steve Tyler; Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis; Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards and Orange Is The New Black star Natasha Lyonne.
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