Shalini Christabella Gomez, 66 an academician with a leading premier school in Nigeria was shocked when Dr. Nigella Khan (her family doctor) broke out the news to her. The hale and hearty, and everyone’s sweetheart, Shalini never in her wildest dreams ever imagined to be suffering from Hepatitis C. Reality today hit her hard, and although she kept her diet on a strict regime and went for an hour walk every morning and evening, Shalini like many others in their senior age was caught in the grasp of HCV, and the Hepatitis C symptoms came through quite midway!
|Hepatitis C virus affects the liver causing various symptoms like stomach ache to jaundice.|
An overview of HCV
What is hepatitis c? Hepatitis C is caused by the hepatitis C virus and this blood borne virus affects the liver. The symptoms of Hepatitis C include stomach pains, jaundice, appetite loss, fatigue and nausea, and the most common type of HCV is TYPE 1. It is through the blood or bodily fluids that the virus spreads. It spreads from an infected person to a healthy man or a woman when needles are shared or through sexual activity. In some cases, the virus can transfer itself from an expectant mother to her unborn baby as well.
Other ways you could be infected
v When you have received blood that hasn’t been tested – a donor with a medical history of hepatitis C
v If you share needles, especially from those who use recreational drugs, have HIV, AIDS or STD
v Organ transplant before 1992
v Blood transfusions before 1992
v Treated blood clotting prior to 1987
v Those who were born between the years of 1945-65
v If you have been on kidney dialysis Treatment for long
Chronic hepatitis C happens when long-term infection sets in, and can lead to serious and sometimes fatal health issues- liver scaring, cirrhosis of the liver, cancer of the liver etc, forcing the patient to opt for liver transplants.
Treatment options for HCV treatment in India
- Harvoni is a pill taken by patients, once a day for eight to twelve weeks to cure the disease
- Ribavirin and Sofosbuvir or Sovaldi are the main drugs that help with the treatment. They are to be taken for 12 to 24 weeks.
- Ombitasvir-paritaprevir-ritonavir along with dasabuvir is another treatment recommended to cure HCV
Medical tourism helped Shalini
Scourging the net along with her doctor for better and affordable alternatives, Shalini and her doctor found none in Nigeria or the South African that would satisfy their needs on all counts; with time running away from their hands, Shalini’s brother from Bangalore, India suggested Treatment of Hepatitis C in India.
All hope isn’t lost
Shalini took to researching and learning more about the ill-fated disease she was struck with, and the hepatitis cure cost she learnt (even though she has insurance) was a mammoth amount. The UK, US, Australia too, had packages which would have forced the academician to sell off her stocks and bonds, for treatment ahead. She was lost and her hope was mutilated- discouraged to say so. However, her brother sent her this one article he found which changed her life.
Sovaldi Cost in India
Taking into account her case and her financial standing, even though she made a pretty good amount at work, twelve weeks of HCV treatment anywhere in the western world would have meant spending a bomb.
“For millions of Americans the upcoming release of two of the new hepatitis C drugs, Sovaldi and Olysio, offer an appealing alternative to the current treatment regimen. Chronic hepatitis C infection affects approximately 130 to 150 million people globally and 3.2 millionin the United States. The standard hepatitis C treatment plan today costs ranges from $20,000 to $40,000 over a 48 week period. In comparison, a twelve week course of Sovaldi costs roughly $84,000 and a twelve week course of Olysio costs upwards of $66,000 in United States.
Apart from the cost factor and the estimates thereof, patients from Nigeria, US, UK and other parts of the world, Middle East too, choose to get hepatitis c treatment in India. With many coming down to the south-asian bastion of medical experts, English speaking professionals to help overcome a range a health issues, surgeries and more, Hepatitis C treatment in India has gained immense popularity within few weeks of the launch of Sovaldi in India. Here are some more reasons as to why-
- Cost of medication is much cheaper in India
- Patients can take back the medications to their home countries
- Affordable treatment packages
- An excursion twelve week or less trip with treatments included is heavenly to experience
To know more about the best Hepatitis C treatment in India, be wise enough to speak with your presiding doctors. You can write to us at [email protected] or call us at +91-932-003-6777 | +1-877-270-2448 or Skype us @ Indicure