Some of my fellow drug program participants had gotten it from blood transfusions, some from vaccinations in the military. In any case, our unicorn status can’t go on much longer. As a person whose excesses in the 1980s included injectable drugs, it was no mystery to me how I contracted the virus. I had no symptoms — many don’t — and my doctor said I might never have any. I worked my way through just about every one of the nasty side effects.According to the director of the Centers for Disease Control, who spoke that day, one in 30 baby boomers has Hepatitis C. Since Hepatitis C was only identified in 1989, there was no long-term data., I thought. But as it turns out, I was pretty much the last one to do so.The genus is classified as part of the Hepadnaviridae family, which contains two other genera, the Avihepadnavirus and a second which has yet to be assigned.
The following account, of three young adults in the Wise family, exemplifies the toll undetected HBV infection takes among API immigrants and the serious consequences misinterpreted HBV test results can have.The genotypes have a distinct geographical distribution and are used in tracing the evolution and transmission of the virus.Differences between genotypes affect the disease severity, course and likelihood of complications, and response to treatment and possibly vaccination.Thus, promiscuous individuals are more likely to get HBV.The hepatitis B virus is classified as the type species of the Orthohepadnavirus, which contains three other species: the Ground squirrel hepatitis virus, Woodchuck hepatitis virus, and the Woolly monkey hepatitis B virus.