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Should I Treat for Hep C?

I recently had a conversation in order to address this very question. Some people are unsure and are looking for opinions on whether or not they should treat their hepatitis C.

To treat or not to treat?

I can not and would not ever tell someone what they should or shouldn’t do. And even when asked, I am in no position to tell others what their best decision should be. There are a few reasons, and I will cover that later, but in this case they were doing what I would see as due diligence in seeking as much information as they could before taking what some people would see as a big leap. Most people would see treatment and seeking a cure as the next logical step after being diagnosed, but this is not true for everyone. I know some people may read this and wonder why. But I suspect that it is something most of us have considered at some point.

Some of us have the benefit of past experience and understanding, but if you are new to hep C or are someone with few, if any, symptoms you may think differently about treatment. I respect the decisions of others in this matter, and as I said, it is not something I want to push on to any person. We can discuss facts (as we see them) and we can discuss our own personal lived experience if we have it, and even broadly the experience of others. But it is not our place to convince others of one path or another.

Making informed decisions

The importance of people making informed decisions is a topic which is embraced by most of us, but it may not be as simple and practical in every instance. We all have varying levels of interest in medical knowledge and even as it relates to our own health. This may be what you think of as being counter-intuitive, but again we all have different perspectives and levels of interest despite how important a decision it is potentially.

Some of us will resign any decision making to our doctor or care provider. If that sounds alien or strange to you, it is not something most of us would choose, but some do and we need to respect their choice and decisions if they are adults who are in a position to make their own choices.

Finding trustworthy information

Some people will have great distrust of medical systems or drug makers and have preconceived ideas about the motivation of others.

This is generally thought of as a right, to believe what we want. Even if most people would suggest we are wrong to believe such things, how do we help others in a reasoned and respectful way? This can be challenging when rigid beliefs lead to uninformed decisions. How we challenge beliefs that have no basis in science is to present the facts as we know them in a respectful way so that better informed decisions are made. If there is no willingness to listen, there is a reasonable path of action we can advance other to try and maintain a dialogue that helps to inform.

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