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Re: I am confused about something

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Posted by Scot on February 29, 2000 at 22:03:23:

In Reply to: I am confused about something posted by Tina on February 29, 2000 at 12:13:38:

: Please help me to understand this better...If testing for Hep C didn't begin intil the early 90's,
: how could anyone have been diagnosed with C before then?
: I was told they did call the virus non A or B hep. I am not questioning anyones diagnosis, I'm trying
: to understand this entire Hep C thing.

It went something like this; Before 1990 people were being diagnosed with inflammiory liver disease (hepatitis) that did not pass the only tests available at that time as being Hep A or Hep B which happen to have been the only types of Hep familiar to most medical scientists. They knew there was another or more than one virus that was causing the inflamation to the liver. With out being able to isolate this virus they seemed to have named it Non A non B Hepatitis, which was later termed Hepatitis C, Hep C or simply HCV. I think they were able to isolate an antigen to the HepC virus thus allowing them to detmine the virus existed presently or some time in the past. They then started screening the blood supply for Non A Non B and eventually called it HCV.

They have since found many more forms of Hepatitis, like Hep D or delta hep. I've heard of Hep E , Hep G and others but I am not sure exactly what all the names of the newer Hep viruses are.

Hep C seems to have 6 known genotypes with 30 subtypes. Hep C mutates which is one reason why a cure has been so hard to find for it.


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