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My name is David Rowlands and I engage and support patients living with HIV and/or hepatitis C to manage their health by tailoring treatment and care to meet individual needs.
I was diagnosed with HIV in 2003 aged 21. In 2012 I was diagnosed with hepatitis C, genotype 1a. Then in 2013 I started an interferon-based therapy. The aim of completing a 48 week course.
Due to the side-effects of treatment I completed only 28 weeks and during this time I struggled with my physical and poor mental health. It was agreed with my healthcare team that treatment should be stopped for my own health and wellbeing. This was disappointing as I did not achieve the treatment outcome as first thought.
After waiting for some time, now new direct-acting antiviral medicines to treat hepatitis C have started to be made available to eligible patients in England within the NHS.
These treatments are fast acting, relatively side-effect free and have been shown to free the majority of patients of the virus. The new treatments adoption within the NHS follows recommendations made by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in November 2015 which are now coming into practice.
Why share my experience?
To engage with people to test for hepatitis C
Breakdown stigma and barriers
Encourage people to access treatment
Document a changing landscape
Support family, friends and work colleagues to better understand my experience
Better understand support networks
Improve peer to peer support
Enable me to reflect on my journey
17 insights before, during and after my 12 week hepatitis C treatment.
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