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After Living with Hepatitis C for 16 Years, Pamela Anderson Now Says 'I Could Be Cured Within a Month'

Pamela Anderson on Her Hepatitis C: I Could Be Cured Within a Month
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08/27/2015 AT 03:35 PM EDT

In 2002, Pamela Anderson revealed that she was diagnosed with Hepatitis C, something she hasn't spoken about in depth.

In this week's PEOPLE, Anderson, 48, reveals that her doctors have prescribed a new FDA-approved drug regimen that eradicates the virus and has given her new hope.

"I'm very fortunate that I've had Hep C for about 16 years," says Anderson. "Sixteen 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."

After experimenting with various alternative medicines, Anderson recently decided to try the new anti-viral medication. The Baywatch actress says, "I could be Hep C free within the month."



"I don't have any liver damage and I don't have any side effects," she says. "I'm living my life the way I want to but it could have eventually have caused me some problems and so it was a real blessing that I was able to get the medicine. I'm half way there."

"I'm really excited," says the author of the new coffee table book Raw. "I feel good. I feel so blessed."

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"I've always been an advocate of trying to remove stigma from hepatitis C from aids," she says. "I think subconsciously [the disease] just works on you."

Today, she feels better than ever. "I actually just look in the mirror everyday and I feel like I'm looking younger and younger and I feel like I'm getting those 20 years back."



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