Note: This is a departure from my now rare posts about research diving opportunities. But it concerns diving and I feel it’s important to share.
I recently went through the emotionally wrenching ordeal of being dismissed as a volunteer aquarium diver for unfounded medical reasons based on being cured of hep-c. I have sought to go public because there are a number of lessons to learn from my story.
One of many important points is that carrying the hepatitis c virus (HCV) should not prevent you from diving. The virus will not survive in water, and like HIV, can only be passed via direct blood-to-blood contact. And if you have been cured of it, the chances of relapsing are extremely rare under normal circumstances.
Sadly, there are many baby-boomers who unknowingly carry the hepatitis c virus (HCV). If you’re a baby-boomer, please get tested! The cure is considerably easier to handle now compared to just 5 years ago when I was cured.
Pleased click this image to read my story: