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My Father is a Neurosurgeon. My brother is a Neurologist. My first career was as a Surgical Technologist (essentially a scrub nurse). NONE of us suspected Don had Hepatitis! As I said before, the only way you can contract it is blood to blood. Most commonly transmitted via a blood transfusion or sharing a needle. Don contracted his though when he was about 18 years old, on leave from the Army and decided to get a tattoo. When you first get Hepatitis, you may feel flu like symptoms for a few days. Most people treat the aches with over the counter meds and never see a doctor. The ones who do go to the doctor, many times, because of the symptoms, are misdiagnosed. This is how it starts for Hep.C. The viral forms have a few more symptoms and are a bit easier to diagnosis and transfer to others.
Once Don found out he had Hep C, he then had to be tested for what is called 'genotype' There are 6 different genotypes of Hep, C, genotype 1 being the most difficult to treat. If you have genotype 2-6, the chemotherapy drug treatment is essentially 24 weeks long. If you test positive for genotype 1, the treatment is 48 weeks and the doctor will schedule you for a liver biopsy.
Don tested positive for genotype 1.