Pamela Anderson: I'm free of hep C
Actress-and-model Pamela Anderson is free of hepatitis C after undergoing a new treatment to cure the virus.
The former Baywatch star announced in 2002 that she had contracted the disease after sharing a tattoo needle with her ex-husband Tommy Lee. The virus, which affects an estimated 150-200 million patients worldwide, can cause fatigue, nausea, and cirrhosis of the liver, which can end with sufferers needing a transplant.
However, Pamela now believes she is free of the virus, posting on Instagram that she no longer has hepatitis C after undergoing a new course of drugs.
"I am CURED!!!," she captioned a naked shot of herself. "I just found out #nomorehepc #thankyou #blessing #family #prayer #live I pray anyone living with Hep C can qualify or afford treatment. It will be more available soon. I know treatment is hard to get still."
The sexy photo sees the 48-year-old cover her breasts with her hands as she sits in the driver's seat of a speed boat naked. The snap has received thousands of likes, as well as kind words from her fans.
The good news comes after the actress revealed earlier this year (15) that she was getting treatment and beginning to recover from the illness.
"I am taking medicine right now, they have come up with a cure," Pamela told U.S. TV show Watch What Happens Live in September (15). "I am almost half way through and by November 1 I should be cured - a 98 per cent chance. I'm very fortunate that I've had hep C for about 16 years.
"16 years ago that was (presented to me) as a death sentence. I think it really worked on my self-esteem. Even though I may have looked confident on the outside, I think it really was a dark cloud that lingered over me."
- Cover Media