"There's a myth that anyone who has a liver problem has brought it on themselves" This quote is from a Crohn's disease patient living with a blocked portal vein hoping for a liver transplant (Independent 31st Oct 2010)

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Source of my infection

I had a check-up with heppy doc yesterday.
Amongst other tests taken 3 months ago was a test to 'genotype' my Hepatitis B infection. 
Hepatitis B has 8 subgroups which are prevalent in different parts of the world.  Diagnose your 'type' and you may be able to work out where you where infected, or by who.
I found out yesterday that mine is Genotype A
88% of Hep B positive people in Kenya are Genotype A.
I think that's my answer.
It seems unlikely now that a piercing parlour or a dentist in white middle class South West England in the 70's would have been my source of infection with an East African genotype.
It seems more likely now that something like a mosquito bite during a trip to Kenya in the mid '70's is the source.  I do remember feeling a bit rough for a couple of days, but was never jaundiced or really unwell.


  1. Wow - that is incredible. Tracked down to a mosquito bite.

  2. Fiona,
    Are you serious? I had no idea that mosquitos could spread hepatitis so easily. That is an extremely scary thought... since it is next to impossible to entirely avoid exposure to mosquitos. I hope they automatically screen for hepatitis whenever they draw blood.