Michael De Mesa wins 20-year battle vs. Hepatitis C

IMAGE Courtesy of Michael De Mesa on Instagram

Michael De Mesa first found out that he had Hepatitis C in 1999. On his 58th birthday last Thursday, May 24, Michael revealed that he had finally won his battle after undergoing a 12-week treatment.


After over two decades, veteran actor Michael De Mesa finally won his long battle with Hepatitis C.

The FPJ's Ang Probinsyano actor shared the good news through a lengthy Instagram post last Thursday, May 24.

Michael also happened to celebrate his 58th birthday on the same day.

He accompanied his Instagram post with a photo of his most recent laboratory test from The Medical Center. 

His test revealed, "No detectable levels of HCR-RNA."

According to World Health Organization, Hepatitis C victims are at high risk of suffering from liver cancer and cirrhosis, sometimes with fatal consequences.

The Kapamilya talent revealed that he caught the virus in 1999.

He wrote, "Just want to share something with all of you.

"Most of you know that I found out I had the Hepatitis C virus back in 1999.

"Long story short, after 2 decades, I am CURED of my Hepatitis C!!! It is gone! Praise God!

"My family and close friends have known since December. I started the treatment in November and completed it in February."

It was his wife, Julie Eigenmann, who helped him find the cure for his sickness.

The Harvoni Pill, which was first released to the public in 2014, was the key to curing Hepatitis C.

Michael needed enough for his 12-week treatment, but based on his initial estimate, it could cost him over PHP 4.7 million pesos. 

One pill costs approximately $1,000, or at least PHP 53,000.

He narrated, "My wife, @julie_eigenmann , never really stopped searching for the cure.

"Four years ago, the cure for Hep C was released but it was outrageously expensive!

"The Harvoni pill costs $1,000/pill. It’s a 12-week treatment amounting to around $90,000+. Crazy, right?"

Michael and Julie were lucky enough to find a generic version of the pill in India, which turned out to be a lot cheaper compared to the Harvoni Pill.

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Michael further revealed, "Luckily, Julie was able to find a generic version from India which was just $1,000 for the WHOLE 12-week treatment already!

"So we got in touch with this Australian who helps people with Hep C.

"He is the head of the 'Hep C buyers club,' so to speak. He also had the virus but was cured 3 years ago and he has helped so many people around the world."

He added, "Before treatment, My viral count was in the millions. 35 Million to be exact!

"After just 4 weeks into the treatment, my viral count went down to 1,200!

"Anything below 2,000 is actually considered undetected already.

"By the end of the treatment, it was zero, zilch, nada, UNDETECTED!

"Got retested this week after 3 months post treatment just for good measure, and it’s still undetected."

Towards the end of his post, Michael expressed how grateful he is for being cured of his sickness.

He ended, "On my birthday today, I want to thank the Lord for another year of life.

"I also want to thank Him for bringing Julie into my life, making her His instrument, so that I can enjoy many more years with my loved ones."


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Nikko Tuazon is a lifestyle writer with a strong interest in pop culture, fashion, beauty, and music. Connect with him on Instagram at @mrnikkotuazon.


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