Pam Anderson Says She's Cured Of Hepatitis C After 16 Years
Over the weekend, Pamela Anderson announced she is officially cured of hepatitis C. The actress revealed the news with a nude modeling photo of herself on Instagram:
She went public with the news of her diagnosis in 2002, having contracted the disease from sharing a tattoo needle with her former husband, Tommy Lee, 16 years ago.
The caption of her Instagram photo reads,
I am CURED!!! - I just found out #nomorehepc #thankyou #blessing #family #prayer #live 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 #itworkedforme #thereisacure #love #happy #americanliverfoundation #celebration #Idontknowwhattodo #iwanttohelp #cannes #iloveboats #onthesea #free
Hepatitis C is a disease that attacks the liver and is easily transmitted through infected blood. The disease almost never shows symptoms, and 75-85 percent of the time, it will progress from a short-term infection to lifelong illness.
Hep C can be treated with several medications, with new treatments appearing more effective than older options.
Anderson's cure is owed to her completion of a new FDA-approved drug treatment that costs $1,000 a pill and can run upwards of $100,000 for the full treatment.