Hepatitis C Could Lead to Parkinson’s Later in Life

According to the World Health Organization, between 130 and 150 million people worldwide have hepatitis C, a liver infection caused by a virus with the same name. While the infection can lead to serious health conditions, many people may not realize they have it. What scientists are now discovering is how the hepatitis C virus (HCV) also affects nervous tissue, leading to fatigue, depression and cognitive dysfunction in those who are chronically infected.

A new study reveals how these neurological effects may be connected to the development of Parkinson’s disease later in life. A progressive disorder affecting the body’s nervous system, Parkinson’s can be managed with treatment, yet does not have a cure. Taiwanese participants in the study with and without different types of hepatitis were followed an average of 12 years to see if they developed the disorder. Those with hepatitis C were 30 percent more likely to develop Parkinson’s than those who were not infected. The researchers are calling for more investigation into the connection of HCV and nervous system damage, yet increasing prevention measures against HCV infections is still a wise choice.

HCV is a bloodborne pathogen, meaning it is largely transmitted through sharing needles, unsafe medical practices and accidental needle sticks, or—as is largely the case in Taiwan—unsafe blood transfusions. The virus can also be passed on from mother to infant at birth. While hepatitis C infections can be fairly common, treatment is often costly and not all of those who need it can access it. It is estimated that one round of hepatitis C treatment can cost up to $100,000 and significant discomfort for the patient. Additionally, some insurance companies will refuse to pay for the medications patients need.

“We have a uniquely curable condition with a tolerable, finite duration of therapy, and we have now been relegated to making decisions based on disease stage to differentiate those eligible for therapy from those who aren’t,” says Raymond Chung, MD, gastroenterologist and medical director of the Liver Transplant Program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. So, what can be done to make treatment more accessible? Dr. Chung has some suggestions for those diagnosed:

  1. If you can—and after you’ve talked with your doctor—wait until costs drop or more affordable treatments are developed.
  2. Research your options with alternative therapies, pharmacy prescription programs which may offer discounted pricing, and your health insurance’s fine print.
  3. Enlist your doctor’s help in communicating medical necessity to insurance companies. Appealing a denial of treatment with the back-up of your provider may allow them to see the light (usually in the form of less costly interventions for them in the future).
  4. Reach out to the drug manufacturers for possible financial assistance to pay for drug co-pays.
  5. Contact the Patient Access Network Foundation, a nonprofit who offers assistance for individual struggling to pay for treatment. Call them at 866-316-PANF (7263).

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Sue H14 days ago

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Anne C.
Past Member 2 years ago

chronic

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Granny B.
Granny B.2 years ago

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Annie G
Annie G.2 years ago

I'm ANNIE GINA from USA,.am posting this comment for those who have HEPATITIS C and other kind of diseases and need cure, This is my story, I got diagnosed of HEPATITIS C in 2010, i lived with this virus for 5 years without a cure, all my hope was lost, i thought i would die soon, i searched for help but all was in vein but i never stopped searching, but by miracle i came across a herbalist named Dr Aleka, so i contacted him for a try, gush, i did not believed what happened, he cured me just in 2 week, the hepatitis c virus left my body, i was normal again like before, i am so shot of words, i am the happiest person so ever, i cant believe i could be healed again. please contact him if you have the same problem as mine, he will help you to become happy again, email; supernaturalsolutioncenter@gmail.com View website: http://supernaturalsoluti.wixsite.com/dr-aleka

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Annie G
Annie G.2 years ago

I'm ANNIE GINA from USA,.am posting this comment for those who have HEPATITIS C and other kind of diseases and need cure, This is my story, I got diagnosed of HEPATITIS C in 2010, i lived with this virus for 5 years without a cure, all my hope was lost, i thought i would die soon, i searched for help but all was in vein but i never stopped searching, but by miracle i came across a herbalist named Dr Aleka, so i contacted him for a try, gush, i did not believed what happened, he cured me just in 2 week, the hepatitis c virus left my body, i was normal again like before, i am so shot of words, i am the happiest person so ever, i cant believe i could be healed again. please contact him if you have the same problem as mine, he will help you to become happy again, email; supernaturalsolutioncenter@gmail.com View website: http://supernaturalsoluti.wixsite.com/dr-aleka

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Judith W.2 years ago

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Federico C.
Federico C.2 years ago

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Dorothy A
Past Member 2 years ago

My husband was misdiagnosed with PD in 2000. Very rapid deterioration and many queries eventually led to MSA (Multiple System Atrophy) diagnosis. A horrible, horrible condition robbing people of independence, dignity, movement, speech, continence, ability to swallow and breathe.we didn't know what to do we tried everything possible medically, we were waiting for his death then one day our daughter got back from work with the email of a herbal Dr saying her friend from work told her about a testimony on how Health Herbal Clinic cured her mom from PD and it truely worked, we were desperate and sceptical but my daughter told me we got nothing to loose and i decided to give it a try. 4 weeks after he started taking the herb he regained his speech and today my husband is fully rocovered from this deadly disease called PD, this isn't a BS it is real you can also contact Healtth herbal clinic on healthherbalclinic@gmail.com or website on www.healthherbalclinic.weebly.com

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Federico C.
Federico C.2 years ago

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Bredeson B.2 years ago

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