Post Edited (davelh) : 10/22/2006 2:10:52 PM (GMT-6)
Hi, Dave, and welcome. Are you taking meds for the HIV? I would think you must be, to be living with it so long. Apparently, it has not developed into full blown AIDS. Have you seen a hepatologist yet about the hep C? There are treatments available. I was diagnosed with hep C in March of '93 per biopsy. Have you had a biopsy or just blood test? Only a biopsy can give a true picture of your liver's condition and reveal whether you have chronic active hep C or just chronic hep C. "Active" means it is still attacking the liver. I took treatment in the beginning, but it wasn't working for me and I developed very low white counts, so was taken off. A little over a year ago, I was diagnosed with a very large cancerous liver tumor (a direct result of untreated hep C.) It had metastasized to the inferior vena cava, rendering it inoperable. However, I had 2 different forms of treatment at Mayo, and most of the cancer has been killed. I needed major surgery on my hip, so I was allowed to go ahead and have that done a month ago. Once I heal, I will either have the rt. lobe of my liver removed or more treatment.
Don't automatically think your time on earth is over. There are things that can be done. Seek out a good hepatologist and find out where you really stand. Hep C doesn't kill. It's the fact that it can turn into liver failure or liver cancer that makes it so dangerous.
Best of luck to you, and get ready to fight for your life!
Dave, I am certainly glad you are not giving up! BTW, I'm 63, though I don't have HIV. It's good that your T cells are high, as hep C treatment will mess with your immune system.
Let us know how you do on treatment.