Far from the gossip that is usually shared about the star, Pamela Anderson revealed she had contracted the blood virus after sharing a tattoo needle with former husband Tommy Lee. Although speculation surrounding the truth in how she got the disease spread across the media at the time. In reaction to the announcement ABC News wrote: “The latest chapter in the lives of two who share a healthy appetite for publicity.”
However trivial the reveal of the news, the illness is all too serious and can be potentially life-threatening.
Up until the 21st century it was considered incurable and even now, treatments are extremely expensive.
In an interview with People.com back in 2015 Pamela said: “I think it really was a dark cloud that lingered over me.
“Anyone struggling with a disease that they say you can live with is still — it still plays into a lot of your decisions in your life.”
Fortunately for the star, she was able to rid herself of the virus using antiviral drugs.
She commented: “Twenty years ago they told me I would die in 10 years. And 10 years into that, they told me I would be able to live with it and probably die of something else, but it all was very scary stuff.”
The drug which Pamela took for 12 weeks is known as Sovaldi, costing around $100,000 (around £72,879).
“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…” Pamela said within the Instagram post she used to announce her recovery.
Despite treatments being available, the NHS estimate that around 215,000 people in the UK have hepatitis C.
The most common way of contracting hepatitis C is through using un-sterilised needles, used in recreational drug use.
However, sharing razors, toothbrushes and sometimes even unprotected sex can be the source of the spread.
The only way to find out if you have a positive test is through giving a blood sample.
It is when the illness develops into chronic hepatitis C that for some people symptoms become far worse.
If left untreated hepatitis C can develop into cirrhosis.
Cirrhosis is scarring in the liver, causing long-term damage.
If you think you might be at risk of being positive for hepatitis C, seek a blood test from your local GP.