My 37 year old brother was recently diagnosed with Hep C. He has been on interferon and ribavirin for about four weeks. He is having horrible muscle cramps in his legs, anorexia and fatigue, which isn't that bad from what I know. Get this, he went to donate blood and they told him he couldn't because he was on the registry for hep C. He's like "what?". Come to find out he had back surgery 8 years prior where he had to donate some of his own blood for the surgery. That is when they found out he had hep C. Eight years ago!!! Nobody bothered to notify him. How does that happen? He has contacted a lawyer, but they told him theres nothing he can do because it has to be within 2 years. He told them that he didn't know two years ago, so what could he have done. He spoke to several other lawyers and they told him the same thing. This doesn't seem right to me. He put his wife and children in jeoperdy (that spelling
doesn't look right
)for the last 8 years, not to mention he could have started treatment then. He is so depressed and worse now with the treatment. I feel really bad for him, but I think he's brave for taking the treatment because it doesn't sound pleasant. His livers are a little high, but not too bad considering. They never did do a liver biopsy which I found strange. He is seeing an infectious disease specialist so I hope he knows what hes doing. He was a heavy drinker until the last 5 years when he cleaned up, so thank God. Not sure how he contracted it. He did use IV drugs and has tattoos. Don't get the wrong impression - he is a good person who went down a hard road and brought himself back - so I'm proud of him. Anyone with any insight into all this, please post.