She typically cares for 25 new HCV-infected patients a year.
Dr. Wilborn emphasizes that the long
of HCV infection are only slowly becoming clear because HCV is so recent a discovery. First identified in 1989 as a distinct viral type, HCV usually takes years to become symptomatic. Most patients are diagnosed with chronic HCV ten to 13 years following infection. Typically, about 20 years pass before the most common serious result, liver cirrhosis, appears. But, Dr.