I finished 48 weeks of combo therapy with interferon and ribavirin about 7 months ago. It was not easy, but yes, I am still alive. It was tough, I will admit that. I also had very good results, my viral load has been undetectable since week 12 of treatment. I chose treatment because I felt so terrible that I believed that it was worth a try. Had chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, spinal arthritis, hypertension, and depression. Most of my symptoms got worse during treatment but I had a good doc that treated the side effects such as pain, inability to sleep, depression, etc.