In what year was Hepatitis C first found? I was diag. in 1990 or 91 I don't recall hearing about it in 1972 when I joined the Navy. Back in those days u got shots for everything, especially if u were deploied overseas. U were informed about stds but I don't recall HCV
It's only an STD under rare circumstances. In 1972 they knew there was another viral hepatitis out there, but they did not perform diagnostic tests to determine which hepatitis a patient was infected with. They just didn't have the screening tests developed at that point. HCV was not clearly identified until 89 or 90.
An interesting paper from 2004 discussing what had been learned in 15 years (i.e. HCV started being recognized as that in 1989 as per Andiamo above)
Paper also includes speculations - by 'reverse genetic engineering' - of human co-existence with the virus for the last 100,000 years.
Another paper discussing the 'patent dispute' over the virus between Dr. D.W. Bradley, who had been working with nonA/nonB virus since the 1970s, and Chiron corporation. This paper is a good starting point for understanding why everything related to HCV is so expensive.
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