I was diagnosed with HCV type 1a awhile ago. At that time they treated with interferon and ribavirin (not sure about spelling) which I couldn't take because my platelets were 27,000. That's how they discovered the Hep C in fact. I gave up alcohol, ice cream, salty food, processed food, and now consume a very healthy diet. My platelets are 52,000 and my hepatologist will be treating with Harvoni as soon as insurance approves.