The lack of public knowledge. testing, and misconceptions are unbelievable. Hell herpes, warts and vaginal itch get more publicity (for lack of a better word). From what I ascertain we are just the vanguard of a whirl wind yet to come. Powers that be know the stats. Is it because its"mostly an I.V. drug user thing" like they did with HIV for decades. On that note does and to what extent is the government involved in funding for research. Do we have a lobby for funding like other illnesses. We are a small army that is unfortunately growing. United even just for letter writing especially during this political season would give us clout. Our demographics would be interesting, mostly 50 to 60 but that's just dx'ed. And we are mostly law abiding, tax paying, voting citizens.
Demographics of the disease leads to my next question. Seems like majority contracted about 30 or so years ago. Where/when did this originate. Can it be back tracked like HIV or has it always been around thru time killing under a different name. If its just that now we are learning to test for it how do they explain different geno types, different forms A,B,ect and sub types for that matter, prevalent in different continents. Are they mutants of the same virus. If so what was the catalyst for mutation. Is it done mutating or can we expect different strains down the road. You would think with the expected rise in cases the government would look into this closer before it reaches epidemic portions, if it hasn't already.