Veterans and Hepatitis C

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Veterans and Hepatitis C

#1 Postby calchopper » Mon Aug 25, 2008 7:49 pm

It seems many veterans are discovering they have Hepatitis C. It may be due to the pneumatic innoculations recieved before deploying overseas. I am one of those Marines (1982-1986) that have the virus. I am interested in any vets that may have hep c. I have been going through interferon treatment. Not fun. Send a message if you have the virus or know of anyone. I am handling the treatment pretty well. I would be happy to talk to you and maybe help you through your treatment.

Semper Fi,

Tony,

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Re: Veterans and Hepatitis C

#2 Postby gmznrq » Sat Jul 31, 2010 7:40 pm

i am a vet of 2/5 echo.. i also got hep C while in military , i tried to get interferon treatment, but it turns out i have hep c type 1, witch is not curable

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Re: Veterans and Hepatitis C

#3 Postby gmznrq » Sat Jul 31, 2010 7:43 pm

sorry i was told by VA Los Angeles to wait on treatment...that there may be better treatment in the futsur..

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Re: Veterans and Hepatitis C

#4 Postby calchopper » Sat Jul 31, 2010 10:49 pm

I also had genotype 1. I went through a 96 week treatment. Twice as long as the normal protocol. I was on the daily injections of infergen and 1200mg of ribaviran. My treatment ended August of last year. I have zero viral load. My doc say's "miracle". So, don't give up. Toughest thing I have ever endured. But I did it. You can too. Get a good support system. Family, freinds, pastor whatever works.

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Re: Veterans and Hepatitis C

#5 Postby calchopper » Sat Jul 31, 2010 10:56 pm

gmznrq wrote:sorry i was told by VA Los Angeles to wait on treatment...that there may be better treatment in the futsur..


Don't trust he VA. They want to keep our situation on the down low. I equate their concern to our problem like they did with agent orange. Find the best specialist in your area. Do a lot of research. The VA has told me to pound sand for years. We are gaining in Congress to bring this issue to the forefront. The government has finally admitted to agent orange. Some day we may get ours taken care of. 24% of Marines injected by the "jet injectors" during something like 1964 to 1988 have hep c. The rest of the people, other than military is less than 2%. Junkies, transfusions, sexual, etc.. The numbers don't lie. Hang in their fella's and seek proper treatment. I had an incurable virus and so far I'm good.

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Re: Veterans and Hepatitis C

#6 Postby Dragons2 » Mon Aug 30, 2010 2:58 pm

I got a letter from Orange County Health Dept. that I had been reported to have Hep C from the VAMC Long Beach. It was a very official and nasty letter to read was my impression.The sad part is that the VA never,ever told me that I had anything. I've tried to get the sample for retesting at a private lab and to check the DNA to make sure it is mine and they can find it. I'm have never experienced a single sign that I have it and insisted to be retested and that test was negative.
You are very right about many veterans having it though. Almost every Marine that was in during the early 80's now has it. The connection of all of those shots before going overseas and all these years later is something that I hadn't looked at before. Now I got that letter between 2000 and 2003. My wife and kids don't have it either and that has been a great concern of mine. It scares the heck out of you and then you worry about it again ever time you see your doctor or dentist. They ask about Hep C and everything else on the forms each time you change doctors and dentists.
I would like to see more veterans come forward with these cases and stories and see if we can come up with a pattern of events.


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