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Ken Watanabe, Pamela Anderson and hepatitis C

Ken Watanabe (Facebook/Ken Watanabe)

Ken Watanabe (Facebook/Ken Watanabe)

Hepatitis C virus results in chronic liver disease in more than 170 million people around the world, according to “Advanced Therapy for Hepatitis C,” which was edited by Geoffrey W. McCaughan, John McHutchison and Jean-Michel Pawlotsky. Among the celebrities who suffered from the virus are Ken Watanabe, 58, and Pamela Anderson, 50.

In 2006, Watanabe revealed that he had hepatitis C in his autobiography titled “Dare? – Who Am I?” Like many hepatitis sufferers, he contracted the disease when he received infected blood.

Watanabe’s leukemia developed in 1989 so he had blood transfusions as part of his treatment. Shortly before he started filming “The Last Samurai” with Tom Cruise in 2002, it was discovered that the Japanese Hollywood actor had hepatitis.

Since June 2005, Watanabe had been having weekly injections of Interferon and takes medicine twice daily. While he was still undergoing treatment, he said he was in good condition, Japan Zone quoted him as saying in 2006.

Pamela Anderson (Facebook/Pamela Anderson)

Pamela Anderson (Facebook/Pamela Anderson)

On the other hand, Anderson claimed that she had contracted hepatitis C from her former husband, Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee. Upon the confirmation that she was cured of the disease in 2015, she told People, I’m going to go crazy, especially with activism.”

Anderson’s advice to hepatitis C sufferers is to go to their doctor and get tested. The strict vegan and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) advocate explained that there are different kinds of hepatitis C and there are cures for every single one of them.

According to a recent research from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), injection drug use (IDU) is the main risk factor for hepatitis C virus (HCV) transmission and the primary cause of incidence in the U.S. The research was published in the February 2018 issue of the American Journal of Public Health.

From 2004 to 2014, substantial, simultaneous increases in acute hepatitis C and admissions for opioid injection across the U.S., according to CDC. Over this 11-year period, rates of acute cases of the virus increased more than two-fold for men and almost four-fold for women, the findings revealed.

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