Once upon a time, treatment for the Hepatitis-C Virus (HCV) came at a very high price, and accessibility to treatment was very limited. On top of that, the treatments would take an agonisingly long time, approximately 6 – 12 months.
But that time has come and gone. With the initiative taken by the Ministry of Health Malaysia, new Direct-Acting Antiviral (DAA) treatments have been introduced, and these treatments have been made affordable and accessible to everyone who needs them. While some cases might still require a lengthy treatment process, the general treatment timeline for non-chronic patients has been cut down to a mere 12 weeks.
Now the question is, can patients with HCV move around freely? Can non-chronic patients taking DAA treatments escape being confined to hospital beds for the entire duration of their treatment?
The answer is, YES!
If your doctor gives you the green light to travel during your treatment process, then why not make the most of your stay and enjoy well-rounded wellness experiences in conjunction with your treatment?
Malaysia is a very popular tourist destination, and with so many beautiful attractions, you can be spoiled for choice. To help you out, we’ve narrowed down the list to a few hotspots that you can visit while staying in Malaysia for your HCV treatment:
There are a variety of beautiful tropical islands in Malaysia that you can visit on days when you are not required to be at the hospital. At the top of the list of must-go places are Pulau Perhentian, Pulau Redang, and Pulau Tioman (the top 3 islands in Malaysia). All three islands support a multitude of water and land activities such as snorkelling, diving, jungle trekking, kayaking, etc. You name it, they’ve got it. They also have luxury resorts that boast relaxing body massages and facials too! 
Those who are more adventurous can even consider a trip to East Malaysia and visit the many wonderful islands in Sabah, such as the Sipadan Island (one of the top 3 diving sites in the world), Pulau Tiga (where the reality show ‘Survivor’ was filmed) and Mataking (a hotspot for honeymooners). One could also drive up to Kundasang for a leisurely trip and visit the town that is set at the foot of Mount Kinabalu (Malaysia’s tallest mountain and a UNESCO World Heritage Site) .
Malaysia is a glorious melting pot of cultural diversity. With a colourful mix of ethnic groups such as the Malays, Chinese, Indians and various indigenous people, the country boasts of many cultural sights and delights. We are known as a food haven, serving dishes from the East and West, and celebrated for cuisines local to our shores. Between floating mosques, Nyonya shop houses, colonial buildings, Hindu and Buddhist temples, Malaysia’s rich heritage and culture are embedded around every other corner. Our diverse history, with influence from the Portuguese, Dutch, and the British, have left us with historical landmarks across the country, along with several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, namely Melaka and George Town, Penang.
Both these capital cities are living testimonies to the multi-cultural heritage and tradition of Asia as well as of the European influences. You’re just one desktop research away from finding gems that are worth making a trip to visit .
If beaches and historical museums are not up your alley, then why not head over to Kuala Lumpur, the heart of Malaysia and visit the Petronas Twin Towers. Soaring at 451.9m, this architectural jewel is the world’s tallest twin structure. Step onto the tower’s Skybridge, and you’ll be rewarded with magnificent views of the city.
Right after that, you could hop over to the multitude of shopping malls around for scrumptious meals and a whirlwind shopping spree. Among the noted shopping malls are Pavilion, Suria KLCC and Mid Valley. And if you would like to buy some arts and crafts as souvenirs, you could even visit the Central Market and Chinatown for more local products and souvenirs .
With a little bit of research and proper planning, you can turn your HCV treatment trip into a memorable holiday. For more information on travelling while undergoing HCV treatment, click disini.