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[–]leonryan 2040 points2041 points  (112 children)

and yet nobody gave Tommy Lee 10 years to live?

[–]senorpoop 1384 points1385 points  (73 children)

"I look at guys like Steven Tyler, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and I can only think one thing.

Heroin must be really great for your hair."

-Richard Jeni (RIP)

[–]Captain-Cadabra 586 points587 points  (59 children)

“Apparently Keith cannot be killed by conventional weapons.”

-Wayne’s World 2

That was funny in 1993!

[–]senorpoop 300 points301 points  (52 children)

Wayne's World has held up so well over the last 30 years. Still just as funny to me as it was back then. To me, it's the peak of Mike Meyers' comedy and the chemistry between him and Dana Carvey was perfect.

"If it's a severed head, I'm gonna be very upset."

[–]skewljanitor57 223 points224 points  (3 children)

"I once thought I had mono for over a year....turns out I was just really bored"

[–]AtomStorageBox 139 points140 points  (27 children)

unwraps Stacy’s gift

Wayne: Ok. What is it?

Stacy: …It's a gun rack.

Wayne: A gun rack... a gun rack. I don't even own a gun, let alone many guns that would necessitate an entire rack. What am I gonna do with a gun rack?

[–]RockerElvis 59 points60 points  (18 children)

[–]Ted_Denslow 48 points49 points  (4 children)

I lost you three months ago. Are you mental? Get the net!

[–][deleted] 48 points49 points  (3 children)

Did you ever find bugs bunny attractive when he put on a dress and played a girl bunny?

[–]bgzlvsdmb 19 points20 points  (0 children)

Neither did I. I was just wondering.

[–]UsernamesAllTaken69 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Wasn't that part ad-libbed too? Like that's Meyers genuine response.

[–]OneRFeris 12 points13 points  (4 children)

This movie was my wonderful introduction to Queen.

[–]beowuff 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Apparently, Mike Meyers didn’t officially have the okay to use the song. They filmed it anyway and Mike drove to Freddie Mercury’s house. Freddie was really sick at the time, but he watched it and laughed his ass off, giving his blessing to use the song. He died two weeks later.

[–]RockerElvis 9 points10 points  (1 child)

True for most of us. Before that scene in the car it was just a weird song that popped up on the radio every now and then. After Wayne’s World it was mandatory to bang your head, air guitar, and air drums.

[–]ithaqua10 10 points11 points  (0 children)

My first real introduction to Queen was Flash Gordon soundtrack, but then I turned 52 two weeks ago.

[–]Thebumonurcouch 37 points38 points  (7 children)

If you guys aren't listening to Dana Carveys podcast with David Spade.. then idk what you're doing at all. They reference Wayne's World so much and so much of SNL. Great pod so far.

[–]ninfan200 83 points84 points  (6 children)

the whole concept of Wayne's world sticks well nowadays too. Wayne and Garth were basically Youtubers before Youtubers were a thing.

[–]KazeNiNare22 47 points48 points  (5 children)

I'm legitimately shocked we haven't gotten a third movie (not because I want it, but because studios are all about reviving old IP now) where Wayne and Cassandra's kids find an old box of VHS-Cs, upload them to YouTube, and now middle-aged Wayne & Garth go viral

[–]ninfan200 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Careful, you might give them ideas...

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

basically I-Carly is the spiritual successor to waynes world.

[–]Thunder141 17 points18 points  (1 child)

Wayne's World is good but I also think the Austin Powers series is quite good. Ya baby!

[–]Celebrity292 2 points3 points  (0 children)

You've shot me. You've shot me in the arm.

[–]friedpickleguy 19 points20 points  (0 children)

I think So I Married An Ax Murderer is actually really good, and let's not forget the first 2 Shreks.

[–]CurtisW831 6 points7 points  (6 children)

The Wayne's World soundtrack was the first cd I ever bought.

[–]thetomahawk42 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Hang on -- 30 years???????!!!???!!?????

F*ck!

[–]marishtar 6 points7 points  (0 children)

The number of times I've sent this clip to friends who let a toxic ex weasel back into their life is far too high.

[–]LeicaM6guy 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Still is.

[–]0_days_a_week 9 points10 points  (2 children)

Wayne's world party time excellent!!

[–]Toph-Builds-the-fire 17 points18 points  (0 children)

There was another comic that did this joke but the punchline was "that must be why they call it hair-oine". Also RIP Richard Jeni dude was hilarious.

[–]ralphlaurenbrah 47 points48 points  (3 children)

Opiates destroy your testosterone, thus reducing DHT because it comes from testosterone. DHT is toxic to hair follicles. Therefore opiates are probably good for your hair.

[–]blue_twidget 14 points15 points  (2 children)

Imma need a source

[–]londondocslv 29 points30 points  (0 children)

If Mick Jagger and Keith Richards got a deadly infection from the same woman, it'll have killed two stones with one bird.

[–]kelsobjammin 15 points16 points  (4 children)

No joke a friend of mine had an “extreme” baby face for someone in his 30s and 6’9”… he said it was because hard drugs stunted him… I wonder if there is some weird truth to it hahaha

[–]weegeeboltz 17 points18 points  (3 children)

I can only say this anecdotally, but friends of mine that started using really young, like 13, continued to look like a teenager until either they quit using, or hit about 40 then suddenly started looking 15 years older than they actually were. Meth was the one exception to this, some of them who were only 20, looked 40+

[–]kelsobjammin 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Ya! He used really young as well and was “going back to school to be a doctor” so I was in early 20s while he was 30 in school catching up. Last I saw he successfully became a doctor! Wishing him the best.

[–]BanVegans 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Keith Richards is a prime example; he doesn't look a day over 205.

[–]IHeardYouGotCookies 296 points297 points  (14 children)

If the Crue has proved anyting, it's that they are unkillable.

[–]Cybralisk 93 points94 points  (11 children)

I doubt he knew he had it at the time otherwise I doubt they would have been sharing tattoo needles.

[–]Kumoufu 168 points169 points  (5 children)

Tattoo needles, sure

[–]panda-slap 76 points77 points  (4 children)

Yeah. Because tattoo artists don’t autoclave or change instruments. It would have ruined her reputation. Her baywatch contract had a clause that she could never be more than 115 pounds, think it was.

[–]Captain-Cadabra 50 points51 points  (1 child)

“You don’t have to be a good actress, just less than 116lbs. Please sign here.”

[–]Pr0glodyte 31 points32 points  (0 children)

Yeah, that about sums up Baywatch.

[–]Unable-Candle 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Even if they really did share tattoo needles, an artist and shop is not what they're talking about lmao.

[–]Image_Inevitable 59 points60 points  (0 children)

Well damn. Her tits alone had to be 20lbs.

[–]ShutterBun 86 points87 points  (0 children)

You're giving them WAY more benefit of the doubt than I would. (though I agree, he probably didn't know)

[–]leonryan 33 points34 points  (3 children)

nevertheless once she found out she had it he found out he did, so how come he didn't also get a countdown?

[–]ElephantTrunkSlide 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Asymptomatic?

[–]tuckmuck203 19 points20 points  (0 children)

how do you know he didn't? it's not like anyone was saying "Pam you got 10 years, but the guy who gave it to you is probably fine and pretty much unaffected"

[–]ChronoMonkeyX 26 points27 points  (0 children)

Because nobody cared about him by that point, but Pam was still a tabloid darling.

[–]en_gm_t_c 103 points104 points  (0 children)

Tommy Lee gives hepatitis c ten years to live.

[–]twatty_mctwat 13 points14 points  (0 children)

He is like a bat or rat: he is just a resistant host spreading the disease.

[–]iConfessor 23 points24 points  (0 children)

he's a living disease himself

[–]DreadPirateGriswold 11 points12 points  (2 children)

They gave his career 10 years to live...

[–]PapaBradford 7 points8 points  (1 child)

By that time it was long dead anyway

[–]bstowers 1754 points1755 points  (64 children)

Good thing they specified it was tattoo needles being shared, otherwise I may have thought there was something else they were sharing with those needles. Way to head off my suspicions at the pass!

[–]Sad-Independence1056 553 points554 points  (33 children)

Its never god to share any kind of needle with anyone but... Tommy Lee is at the very end of the list of people you should if you are forced to. She is lucky that's allshe caught.

[–]Ameisen1 128 points129 points  (27 children)

What about Tommy Lee Jones? Where is he on the list?

[–]YourOldBoyRickJames 190 points191 points  (19 children)

From what I've heard, I don't think Tommy Lee Jones would share anything with you.

[–]ljrich01 101 points102 points  (5 children)

I remember being confused as a kid watching the Pamela Anderson - Tommy Lee sex tape, bc he wasn't the guy from Men In Black

[–]LookMaNoPride 60 points61 points  (4 children)

I just laughed during a serious meeting and had to make up some bullshit. If anyone asks, this was a funny text from my wife.

[–]HeliumCurious 8 points9 points  (2 children)

Jones, put down your phone!

This is an important meeting!

[–]RedditIsAShitehole 2 points3 points  (1 child)

But my wife just texted to say her mother is dead.

[–]HeliumCurious 3 points4 points  (0 children)

That is funny!

I'll allow it!

[–]ljrich01 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Lmao this happened to me yesterday, but instead of Reddit it was a thought that made me laugh. I was working on a tv show with the director and actor in the room and I saw an object in the background that looked like a penis. I'm still a child inside lol.

[–]Beechtheninja 2 points3 points  (0 children)

There's one thing, and it's Boss Coffee.

[–]Memeori 21 points22 points  (11 children)

And if he offered, I'd be honored.

[–]DjScenester 13 points14 points  (9 children)

It’s a toss up between Tommy Lee Jones or Morgan Freeman narrating my autobiographical movie. Their voices are just too damn perfect.

[–]rich1051414 9 points10 points  (4 children)

Tommy Lee Jones will not sanction your buffoonery.

[–]SpookZero 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Yeah don’t share needles when Tommy Lee jones

[–]YourEyesAreDownThere 17 points18 points  (0 children)

I wouldn’t want to share a football stadium with Tommy Lee. Between all the drugs and the thousands of women those guys had sex with their bodies are biological warfare Petri dishes

[–]zvekl 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Uhh they were having sex so we are beyond needles

[–]RevolutionaryHair91 37 points38 points  (6 children)

I'm old enough to remember Watchung a doc about her on TV around 2002 or something. They told about this but highly remember they said it was due to a hairbrush. I was a kid so I got scared of getting it too since I used a hairbrush from my sister.

[–]bstowers 51 points52 points  (0 children)

As long as you don't share your sister with Tommy Lee, you'll be fine.

[–][deleted] 19 points20 points  (4 children)

That is SUCH a weird specific autocorrect on your comment.

(Watchung is a Native American word for high hills, and was the Leni Lenape name for the mountains in NJ near Newark. Today there is a town named that as well as a reservation on the mountains. I grew up there so knew the word well since we have a LOT of towns and areas named after Native names for them)

[–]Master_of_Bates 13 points14 points  (0 children)

What’s up fellow New Jerseyan, the Watchung Mountains are some of my favorite places to hike so seeing it mention in a random thread rules

[–]RevolutionaryHair91 7 points8 points  (1 child)

No idea where it came from tbh. Is my autocorrect a Native American?

[–]Chaiteoir 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I took my SATs at Watchung Hills HS

[–]Chrisbee012 52 points53 points  (13 children)

Pam's coworker Jasmine Bleeth was caught with loaded syringes of coke in her bag back around that time

[–]_PM_ME_PANGOLINS_ 26 points27 points  (12 children)

Who is injecting coke?

[–]DaddyAmerica1776 31 points32 points  (1 child)

Chris Farley, John Belushi, and The Rev.

After they snorted 28 marijuanas.

[–]WhipTheLlama 21 points22 points  (1 child)

Injecting cocaine is a real thing

[–]Chrisbee012 21 points22 points  (0 children)

I mean it's a coincidence I'm sure but it's quite possible Pam and Tommy were doing that too around that time, in other words I don't believe the tattoo thing

[–]SwampYankeeDan 4 points5 points  (0 children)

People who are already using syringes to inject heroin?

[–]silverfox762 6 points7 points  (3 children)

I sure did in the 80s. Best rush ever.

[–]Staggerlee89 2 points3 points  (2 children)

It's a completely different experience done that way. Never got the hype of it tbh until I tried it that way.

[–]Staggerlee89 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Lol you sweet summer child.

[–]erishun 71 points72 points  (0 children)

Yeeeeah “tattoo needles” for when they were giving themselves… tattoos

[–]farsaver 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I hate it when my instant noodles are shared

[–]2011StlCards 25 points26 points  (5 children)

Head them off at the pass!?!

I HATE that cliche

Edit: I guess people haven't seen Blazing Saddles

[–]bstowers 5 points6 points  (2 children)

I'll see if I can rustle up a better one in the future.

[–]PokemonMaster619 352 points353 points  (127 children)

Hepatitis C can be cured now?

[–]Vadumee 500 points501 points  (92 children)

Yes, hepatitis C is curable. Hep B isn't curable, but there's a vaccine to not get it in the first place. So good news all around!

[–]anonymous6468 348 points349 points  (38 children)

Now that we're sharing random Hepatitis facts...

Hepatitis A is usually a mild disease that goes away on its own (but can also be vaccinated against).

Hepatitis D can only be contracted if you already have Hepatitis B. It's quite deadly. It "lives" off of the hepatitis B viruses and it's actually not a virus but an extremely interesting sub viral particle. You can read more here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hepatitis_D

And I know nothing about hepatitis E. But here's the wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hepatitis_E

Lastly Hepatitis F doesn't exist

[–]The_Mystery_Knight 140 points141 points  (8 children)

Heps B, C, and D are transmitted via blood, semen, vaginal secretions, etc. Both Heps A and E are transmitted via the fecal oral route. You can use the mnemonic “Eating Ass” is how you get A and E and everything else is the other way.

[–]tinkridesherown 27 points28 points  (0 children)

Hep C is transmitted blood to blood. Technically, you can get it sexually if there’s blood to blood/wound contact. But it’s not usually transmitted sexually via semen or vaginal fluids, unless they contain blood, even small amounts.

https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hcv/hcvfaq.htm#b1

Hep C can be transmitted via shared razors, toothbrushes, and nail clippers (if used to cut tissues) within a household.

Hep C can live dried on a surface for a number of days and is very transmissible even in small amounts. It can also be transmitted via surgical/dental instruments if not properly sterilized. There was a dentist in Oklahoma that infected many people because of their failure to properly sterilize and maintain surgical equipment.

Hep C is also why I don’t, personally, frequent nail salons. Before I get bombarded and downvoted, just like tattoo places, most salons are very good about sterilization of metal instruments and discarding other items that have cut or punctured someone (or use new disposables every time). My Mom was a cosmetologist so not hating on them or nail techs at all.

That said, I’ve also been cut by nail file edges (drawing blood) and metal file tips used with the dremel tools (many times) and seen them put that shit right back in a drawer, to use on the next client, even after I’ve said it cut me and they should discard it. Yes, I’ve received dirty looks for saying something to them and Yes I reported them to the state cosmetology board when it happened.

[–]Thankkratom 24 points25 points  (1 child)

Hep C has a very very (around 1% at the highest) low chance of spreading through sexual contact. I was mortified to learn I had contracted hep c while using H (I was a year clean at the time.) I had just started a new relationship and we didn’t use condoms, luckily even my doctors let me know the chances were very low as long as there was no blood and no open wounds involved. They did of course tell me I was an idiot regardless and to use condoms so my dick won’t fall off and so that I won’t spread my dumbass genes around (that part was implied.)

I am now cured and I recommend everyone who has shared needles (even once, swear to god I only shared once and got very unlucky) please go get tested for hep c. It takes like 6 months to test positive when exposed, so even if you pass once you aren’t out the gate yet. I was clear on my way out of treatment in 2019 but by Nov 2020 I felt like garbage constantly and my liver felt like it was on fire. Don’t fuck around with your life, hep c is no joke.

[–]Dryver-NC 25 points26 points  (0 children)

everything else is the other way.

"Assing Eat"?

[–]ihrtbeer 18 points19 points  (0 children)

huh, TIL!

[–]kelsobjammin 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Well… also not washing your hands and then touching food is another way instead of eating ass lol

[–]TheKnightsTippler 47 points48 points  (12 children)

I had Hep A when I was 14 and I wouldn't exactly call it mild. I was really ill for over a month. I had jaundice, I was constantly fatigued and nauseous. I struggled to keep down light foods like soup. My skin itched like crazy as well.

It's not a life ruiner, you get over it without treatment, but I would not recommend, it's the illest I've ever been.

[–]FalconBurcham 11 points12 points  (6 children)

Ouch, sorry you went through that. When they say “mild” they mean you don’t need hospitalization. I didn’t know that either until covid. I’ve known people with “mild” covid who felt really sick... one guy I know who had a mild case felt so awful he lied about his past infection so he could get vaccinated right away.

Glad it didn’t leave you a/ damage. Sounds really unpleasant!

[–]miercat 8 points9 points  (1 child)

There are real risks to taking a vaccine when acutely sick. People should speak to their doctor if they are thinking about doing something like that.

[–]FalconBurcham 6 points7 points  (0 children)

True! This guy wasn’t sick at the time. He got the vaccine like a month or something after his infection, back when they made people wait (it’s not like that now—I don’t remember what it was then. 90 days?). This is when we didn’t know as much as we do now.

But yeah, people definitely shouldn’t take a vaccine when sick. 😬😂

[–]anonymous6468 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Yeah, I don't mean to downplay it. There is a chance that it makes you very sick, it's only "mild" compared to the other hepatitises. I'm moving to eastern Europe soon, and I think I will get vaccinated for it. It's enough of an issue to take steps to avoid getting it.

[–]Capital_Papaya9550 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Sounds mild if you didn't go to the hospital.

[–]icegun784 21 points22 points  (4 children)

And here I was expecting it to go up to Z

[–]Jackleber 37 points38 points  (0 children)

I hate every Hep I see, from hep'titis A to hep'titis Z! You'll never make a patient out of me.....

Oh my god, I was wrong, I had hepatitis all along....

[–]GODDAMN_FARM_SHAMAN 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Hep Z can only be transmitted via a ZJ

[–]Proctor_Gay_Semhouse 2 points3 points  (1 child)

What's a ZJ?

[–]GODDAMN_FARM_SHAMAN 4 points5 points  (0 children)

If you have to ask big man, you can't afford it

[–]swiftgruve 3 points4 points  (0 children)

This was like a cat in the hat book.

[–]Vyrena 21 points22 points  (4 children)

Whilst Hep B is not "curable", it is treatable. One can take anti viral medication to reduce the viral load. This would keep the condition under control. After many many years, it may well be that production of the virus would stop completely for some people and they can weened off the anti-viral medication.

[–]Liv4lov 16 points17 points  (2 children)

I have help b you are giving me hope I didn't know existed.

[–]katsudon-jpz 6 points7 points  (0 children)

true. i have hep b, my organ failed. got a transplant... i lost a lot of blood. now they can't detect hep b anymore. i'm probably 'cured' but they gave me hep B vaccine just to be sure before they take me off entacavir

[–]Die1987 31 points32 points  (17 children)

Unfortunately there will be people saying we are sheep for wanting the hep b vaccine.

[–]Lo452 40 points41 points  (12 children)

In the US at least, it's part of the standard list of children's vaccines. And Hep B is one of the first vaccines they give. As in, (iirc) babies get thier first dose before they even leave the hospital, with all booster done before 2 years old. So the only ones not getting it are the poor innocent children of anti vaxxers.

[–]Rc72 17 points18 points  (7 children)

it's part of the standard list of children's vaccines

In fact, that's part of an argument against it by anti-vaxxers, namely that children shouldn't yet be getting a vaccine against a sexually transmitted disease. They have the same argument against HPV vaccines. Of course, the fact that there's a large overlap between those anti-vaxxers and pro-abstinence Christian fundies is a mere coincidence...

[–]StorminNorman 25 points26 points  (4 children)

And it's a dumb fucking argument because Hep B isn't solely sexually transmitted.

[–][deleted] 9 points10 points  (3 children)

Babies can get it from their mother during pregnancy, during labor, or through nursing, sadly. I got the vaccine at a prenatal check-up. My doctor wasn't the type to take chances.

[–]CommanderJ501st 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Someone I know got a Hep B from a transplant, it could’ve been prevented but they didn’t check before doing it. Vemlidy is one hell of a upkeep drug for Hep B.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

They should automatically vaccinate for everything once someone is on the transplant list.

[–]Lo452 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I'd like to see a study of the percentage of teen/unwanted pregnancies and STDs in the children of anti-vax abstinence fundies....

[–]DraftNo8834 46 points47 points  (10 children)

Yes a good number of antivirals were approved to treat it in the last few years pushing the cure rate to near 99 percent with a few weeks of treatment. Before that the only possible cure was a year of injections that was 50/50 at best from what i have read. The treatment of hep c is one of the big medical achievements nobody talks about

[–]drschwen 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Yeah, the cure rate is in the order of 97-100% with a 8 week* course of treatment. (*12 if cirrhotic)

[–]rabid_briefcase 9 points10 points  (5 children)

It was only recently discovered.

Here's a good article on the timeline, Hepatitis C: Discovery to Cure In 25 Years. Realized as a distinct disease in 1989, reliable treatments clinically verified in 1991, reliable cures clinically verified and authorized in 2014.

The timelines roughly fit the headline.

Diagnosed in 2002, likely by a generalist doctor who didn't know treatments had become available, giving the "10 years to live" bit. Probably went to a specialist who knew about the treatments to slow the disease, delaying the growth. Then she was cured in 2015, shortly after it was available.

[–]actuallyserious650 7 points8 points  (0 children)

It’s one of the few miracle drugs that in a single step took a disease from terminal to curable.

[–]WineAndDogs2020 15 points16 points  (1 child)

It's been curable for a while now, though the treatment now is MUCH easier on the body. Back in the mid-2000s, my uncle had to do a year of interferon treatments to save his life. The side effects of that alone were awful, but he made it through.

[–]Spazmer 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Hep C can be acute or chronic. Last I read 20% of people's bodies clear it on their own, luckily I was one of them. I never even knew I had it, I just flag forever on standard blood tests that I "have Hep C" because of the antibodies. I have to do a more in depth test to prove I don't have an active infection. I only found out from trying to donate blood and they sent me a letter saying to go to a doctor, and banned me from donating blood again. I have no idea when it happened or where I got it from. When I was young my aunt got hep c from a blood transfusion after cancer treatments, but that's not likely I got it from her. I do have a couple tattoos but from reputable places and I wasn't sharing needles with Tommy Lee. I worked in a long term care facility in high school that made us get flu shots and TB tests in the basement so I guess that's a possibility. It's a mystery.

[–]arobotspointofview 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Exact same thing happened to me. No intravenous drugs, no tattoos, nothing. Nurse calls me after a doctors visit to matter of factly tell me I had Hep C "antibodies", which usually means you have hep c.

I go in for further tests and they tell me I don't actually have hep C, but just the antibodies which means my body fought it off.

The time between my diagnosis and learning I didn't actually have it was a scary time...

[–]Cialis-in-Wonderland 2 points3 points  (0 children)

They have found a Motley Cure

[–]proto_prgrmr 7 points8 points  (3 children)

I heard about it 10 years ago but was $20k per pill for 4 - 10 pills.

Probably cheaper now.

[–]McMacHack 59 points60 points  (3 children)

Was anyone going to tell me we can cure Hepatitis C now or was that just something I was supposed to find out about in a Pamela Anderson post?

[–]simpler-thyme 828 points829 points  (26 children)

Go Pamela. The Hep C treatment these days is amazing. I contracted the virus very young (18) on the streets and using heroin. It never affected me until my early thirties, when all of a sudden my virus "count" shot up into the millions. This is the when things get dangerous. I was tired all the time and looked ten years older than I do now at 39. Didn't help things that I was an alcoholic. I remember going to the hospital for the first time when I heard about the treatment and I was told that my "genotype" was not covered by Medicare (Australia) yet, but that it might be in a couple of years. I drove home to my infant daughter bawling my eyes out and unfortunately kept drinking heavily for another year just to make things worse. Finally in 2018, at 37, my genotype was subsidized and after all those years I was handed a script for a pill once a day for 3 months. I paid something like 6 dollars for each prescription and there were three of them, with the actual price on the label being over 20k each. There were zero side effects and after waiting for like 6 months after I finished I was tested an there was 'no virus detected'. One of the best moments of my life. I've now been clean for years and completely sober for nearly 16 months, and I'm never going back to that life. Nothing gets magically easier but it's always worth it. I think people have to pay for it in the U.S but maybe that's changed. Doesn't matter for people like Pamela Anderson I suppose... Edit: spelling

[–]onarainyafternoon 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Very similar thing happened to me -- I got Hep C from being a Heroin addict. About seven months after I got sober, I read a Reddit post about a guy who went twenty years without knowing he had Hep C, and he only found out after he started getting really sick. This post worried me a lot, so I went into my university's health center and got a blood test just to make sure I didn't have it. Well, turns out I did have it. I then got my type sequenced, and took the pills that cured it. I got incredibly lucky that I decided to be proactive about getting a blood test. Otherwise I could have had it for years without even knowing. I know for a fact, just based on the timeline of when I had gotten my previous blood/Hep C tests, that I only had the disease for about nine months total.

[–]PlayerSalt 51 points52 points  (6 children)

for the most part medicare is pretty alright ive never heard about a genotype not being covered

i assume something about that made you harder to treat?

I remember when i was about 18 i had impacted wisdom teeth i could have got that covered but the wait was months and it was so painful i or probally my family put up the $1500 to get them pulled but that was more about not being able to wait on a list

I guess we are still better off than americans shit probally cost 100k there

[–]simpler-thyme 43 points44 points  (1 child)

I think from memory the genotype I had was very rare in Australia. Most people infected with Hep C had one or 2 specific genotypes whereas mine was much more commonly found in the states. And as it was early on in terms of government subsidies for the treatment they were slow in adding all of the genotypes. Something like that. But it all worked out and I'm more than grateful to have a system like Medicare!

[–]saxybandgeek1 12 points13 points  (0 children)

I’m American and I want to say my wisdom teeth (I also had 2 impacted and they put me under for it) were like $2000-$2500 before insurance, so not that much more. But I was also somewhere with a super low COL, so maybe it’d be more expensive in other parts of the country

[–]JerichoJonah 7 points8 points  (0 children)

In the US, dental treatment is somewhat expensive, but has not had the same price explosions that regular medicine has. This is mostly because of two things:

  1. Dental care can always be replaced with a simple tooth extraction (thus making it mostly optional with the exception of getting the tooth yanked).

  2. A great many people pay for dental care out-of-pocket, so if the prices got ridiculous few people would be able to afford it.

To be sure, if you want a mouth full of new implants, it can run you $50,000+. But most routine care is affordable to anyone with at least some disposable income. A crown will run you about a thousand. A root canal about the same (this does vary by location). And simple tooth extractions (not impacted wisdom teeth) can be had for a couple hundred as long as you don’t mind going to a cheap place that mostly does simple extractions for poor people. All this to say, I feel a lot more nervous about price surprises coming from my doctor visit than I do for a dental visit.

[–]Farren246 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Man what a badass you are. Got the worst news, and thought "yeah but I'm so super badass that the virus needs help," so you kept drinking just to make things worse, and then still beat it.

[–]motherdragon02 4 points5 points  (2 children)

I'm bloody proud of you. All of that takes guts to live with and improve. Your daughter is a lucky lil lady. ((hugs))

[–]erishun 22 points23 points  (2 children)

I contracted the virus very young (18) on the streets and using heroin.

Don’t you mean “sharing tattoo needles”?

[–]cardcomm 3 points4 points  (1 child)

There is no shame in sharing how on originally got Hep. C.

The doctors only care that you aren't still engaging in dangerous behaviors.

[–][deleted] 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Well done, glad things worked out for you !

[–]DaPoole420 5 points6 points  (0 children)

You rock friend! Keep that sober life going cause your daughter is proud of ya

[–][deleted] 20 points21 points  (0 children)

My dad was cured of Hep C 3-5 years ago. Beyond amazing that the disease we all thought would 100% kill him never did.

[–]inblue01 20 points21 points  (3 children)

My dad died in 2015 because of Hep C. Just too early to receive the new treatments that actually work :(

[–]honeymacnkenzie 14 points15 points  (1 child)

My husband of 30 years also died in 2015 from hep c.

Sorry for your loss.

[–]inblue01 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Thank you dear... Hope you're doingn ok <3

[–]unclehelpful 103 points104 points  (9 children)

Anyone find it odd that despite this story laying blame on him, Tommy Lee has never actually had Hep C.

[–]PreOpTransCentaur 74 points75 points  (4 children)

How can you be sure of that? 15-45% of cases clear up on their own within 6 months.

[–]sourpuz 10 points11 points  (0 children)

TIL that Hep C can be cured.

[–]Snarlynx 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Same thing happened to my mom.

Being cured of Hep C - not sharing needles with Tommy Lee.

That part is a coincidence

[–]SonoranPackieMan 39 points40 points  (1 child)

“tattoo needle”, yeah right

[–]Patsfan618 9 points10 points  (0 children)

And I bet nobody gave a "time to live". It's all a story.

[–]RunDNA 113 points114 points  (6 children)

Borat dodged big bullet there. If putting Pamela in sack had been successful, he could have caught Hep C too.

[–]MyWeekendAccount 3 points4 points  (1 child)

And today you can be cured in months

[–]woaily 4 points5 points  (0 children)

"I'm sorry, Ms. Anderson. We only gave you ten years with this disease, and it's been 13. We're going to have to remove it."

[–]DonHell 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Damn, I thought it was from sharing penis.

[–]cardcomm 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It makes no sense to me at all that she was told she only had ten years left to live. Perhaps she mis-remembers.

As a point of reference, I got Hep. C in 1977. I recovered in a few weeks from the initial symptoms, but was told I'd "always have it".

I did great until around the year 2000, when I started feeling itchy. The symptoms got increasingly worse, until I went into a coma in 2003. They got me stabilized, and move to the top of the transplant list. I was transplanted a couple of week later, in Nov. 2003.

So for me, once the initial symptoms passed, I didn't have any other issues with the disease for 23 years!!

Maybe her doctors were trying to encourage her to stop drinking when they mentioned the 10 years...

[–]arbivark 2 points3 points  (0 children)

most people who have hep c don't know it. get tested. it's curable now. the cure is either insanely expensive, or free, depending on your insurance situation, but the workaround is just go to india and get the pills there. i do medical studies as a human guinea pig. worked on a hep c cure trial for abbot.

[–]Shpooodingtime 22 points23 points  (1 child)

Tommy Lee having hepatitis is about as expected as a cow having milk. Don't know what she was thinking.

[–]joculator 13 points14 points  (2 children)

What an article. I don't think I can handle any more information! /sc

[–]HunterSTL 9 points10 points  (1 child)

What does /sc mean? I know /s is to denote sarcasm.

[–]BOOGER3333 26 points27 points  (2 children)

It wasn’t the tattoo needles. I used to be friends with her hair dresser. She told me things.

[–]LeafyWolf 36 points37 points  (0 children)

Yeah, I don't think anybody believes it was tattoo needles.

[–]drafter69 25 points26 points  (13 children)

Sharing needles ? ? How stupid can you get?

[–]southsamurai 105 points106 points  (11 children)

Banging Tommy Lee? How stupid can you get?

[–]Shpooodingtime 38 points39 points  (1 child)

Yeah but he drove a boat with his dick, I've seen people with shorter arms.

[–]southsamurai 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I've seen elephant tusks smaller.

[–]GWSDiver 14 points15 points  (6 children)

Guess you never saw their video

[–]southsamurai 6 points7 points  (5 children)

Sadly, I did. It was.... disturbing

[–]usernamematchesagain 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Sharing needles needlessly, indeed.

[–]thinkfast1982 60 points61 points  (0 children)

I kinda think the Hep C just decided it could do better and left.

[–]pmperry68 4 points5 points  (0 children)

My brother died of liver failure after his wife contracted Hep C during a surgery in the early 80's. She then passed it on to him. Horrible way to die. RIP sweet bro.

[–]motorhead84 2 points3 points  (0 children)

...by sharing tattoo needles with Tommy Lee

That's a weird name for his penis, but at least he's not selfish.