Former “Baywatch” star Pamela Anderson hasn’t made headlines for stripping naked in years, but after claiming to be cured of hepatitis C, she’s now making news for posting a nude photo of herself to celebrate the occasion.
In a picture on her Instagram page, the actress was totally undressed while sitting on a boat. Next to the photo was the caption, “I am CURED!!! 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 48-year-old continued.
Anderson spoke to People magazine in August and said she was trying to cure herself of hepatitis C — which is spread via blood — by taking a new FDA-approved drug.
“Sixteen years ago, that was [presented to me] as a death sentence,” she said of the infection that causes liver inflammation. “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.”
She said she contracted the infection 16 years ago while sharing tattoo needles with her now ex-husband, Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee. The two were married from 1995 to 1998 and have two children together.
“I don’t have any liver damage and I don’t have any side effects — 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,” Anderson said.
According to Yahoo! Health, there are no vaccines for hepatitis C, although the antiviral drugs Sofosbuvir and Simeprevir were introduced in 2013 to treat the illness.
Hepatitis C can cause chronic liver disease, cirrhosis, and liver cancer.