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Updated Hepatitis C Triple Therapy Caregivers' Guide 2nd Edition Published

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Charlottesville, VA -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/04/2014 -- An updated examination of the Hepatitis C epidemic and strategies for caregivers, the second edition of “Triple Therapy for Hepatitis C: Strategies and Coping Tips for the Caregiver” has been re-issued on the Amazon Kindle platform.

“Strategies and Coping Tips” is a personal account of the impact of the disease upon one family. It describes the author’s first reaction of “shame” upon learning her husband had contracted Hepatitis C and her subsequent realization that the “taint” associated with the virus is unwarranted, counterproductive and unnecessarily painful for families coping with a potentially fatal illness.

The book is a personal narrative aimed at the caregiver, describing the coping mechanisms and strategies developed by the author to care for her husband during his treatment. It includes tips for talking about the disease with children, employers, food preparation and more. It also describes the couple’s agonizing decision to wait until Triple Therapy for Hepatitis C was available before beginning treatment.

Triple Therapy, approved by the FDA in 2012, is a drug combination which while obtaining far more successful outcomes than earlier therapies, is a brutal and debilitating process.

The Epidemic
Hepatitis C is a virus of the liver which if untreated causes cirrhosis and liver cancer. It has been described by the C. Everett Koop Institute as “perhaps one of the greatest threats to be faced in the next century…the death rate from hepatitis C will surpass that from AIDS…and will only get worse.” An estimated five million people in the U.S. are infected, along with perhaps 200 million more around the world.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates more than two million baby boomers have been infected with the disease, and has officially recommended that every person born between 1945 and 1965 be tested for the virus.

Experts haven’t yet identified precisely why as many as one in five baby boomers are infected with the virus although one possible explanation includes the fact that widespread screening of the blood supply only began in 1992. However, as the author suggests, the reason for the epidemic is moot in the face of a potentially fatal illness.

Written by Ann Mills, a former academic researcher, and her twin sister, Fleury Mills, “Triple Therapy for Hepatitis C: Strategies and Coping Tips for the Caregiver” is available on Kindle here.

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