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New hepatitis C drugs offer hope 

New treatments for hepatitis C continue to save lives.

In early 2013, Carol Harms thought she was in the end stages of her life – a life forever changed in 1978 when she received a blood transfusion that carried a deadly virus.

She shared her story then with The Eagle, wanting to make people aware of the facts and myths about hepatitis C, a contagious liver disease that is generally spread through blood and has a range in severity of symptoms.

She also wanted to encourage people to get tested if they are at risk because many people can live with the virus and not even know it. Boomers especially seem to be at high risk, so much so that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend anyone born between 1945 and 1965 be tested. After two grueling and unsuccessful rounds of treatment, Harms didn’t have much hope back then.

More than four years later, Harms is in remission, thanks to new antiviral drugs. She still wants to spread the word about testing. This time her message includes hope for those who are diagnosed because of the new drugs.

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