To continue my rant about NHS Good-Speak
, here is a good example:
A recent news article on the BBC describes how Hepatitis C came to Scotland "through the mass treatment of soldiers in field hospitals across the country during WWII. ..."
OK, fair enough. Hep-C goes back to WW2. But then the article goes on:
Within Scotland, transmission of the virus began to increase in the 1970s, with different strains being discovered in Glasgow and Edinburgh. ... From then until 1991, about 2,500 people were infected with hepatitis C through NHS blood products - mainly those imported from the US - during a contaminated blood scandal described by a Scottish inquiry as "the stuff of nightmares". Children being treated at Yorkhill Hospital in Glasgow for haemophilia during this time were given plasma products sourced from donors in the US, which were known to be high-risk. As a result, many were infected with HIV and Hepatitis C by the age of five. Lord Penrose launched a six-year inquiry, the conclusions of which were met with cries of 'whitewash' from angry victims and their families when it was published in March 2015.
So much for progress. Maybe we can learn something from all that... But the thing that really bothers me is how the authors of the latest study now want to leap into action:
"Lead scientist of the University of Glasgow study, Dr Carol McWilliam Leitch, said: "HCV poses a significant public health challenge in Scotland as well as globally. There is currently no vaccine against the virus and the recently developed antiviral drugs are not only extremely costly, but resistant strains have already emerged. Pinpointing regions of Scotland driving HCV spread will allow us to more effectively target treatments, monitor their effect and track resistant strains. These measures are essential if we are to combat the virus. We now intend to focus our attention on HCV spread in other Scottish regions and to extend the study across the UK."
OK, Dr Carol McWilliam Leitch works for the University of Glasgow, and not the NHS. But I ask you!!??
"Pinpoint regions of Scotland driving HCV spread..."??? "Track strains..."??? "These measures are essential to combat the virus..."??? ""Focus on HVC spread to other regions..." Extend the study across the UK???
I ask you again! Why is there no mention of actually treating anyone in this article??
I'm flying to Australia! No, wait. I already did!
Diagnosed Jan 2015: GT3, A0+F0/F1. Fatigue + Brain-Fog.
Started Sof+Dac from fixHepC 10-Nov-2015. NO sides.
Pre-Tx: AST 82, ALT 133, Viral Load 1 900 000.
Week4: AST 47, ALT 58. VL < 15 (unquantifiable).
Week12 (EOT): AST 30, ALT 26, VL UND
Week16 (EOT+4): AST 32, ALT 28, GGT 24, VL UND
Week28 (EOT+16): AST 26, ALT 22, GGT 24, VL UND
Ever grateful to Dr James.
Relapsed somewhere after all that... Bummer!
Jan 2018: VL 63 000 (still GT3).