Hi London Girl!
Based on my own experience it is hard to find a doctor that really knows about hepatitis from the letter B and ahead...
I found out about my VHC in Chile after donating blood in a major public hospital in 2009. The doctor that gave me the news was sincere and told me that he didn't know anything about hepatitis. A few months later I came back to Argentina to a small city where my mother lives. The good old doctor I consulted, now retired, was an infectologist a little bit out of date about how to treat it. He told me that there was nothing to about it, he only knew about interpheron and told me that there was little hope to cure it that way, just about a 5% chance to get rid of the virus. I was shocked by the news and spent 6 months planning my life thinking about having between 5 to 10 years of life ahead before going away to my last trip ever.
He was an experienced doctor as I was told and he probably was all of that but obviously out of touch with the new developments on the matter.
So, I came to good terms with the skinny lady with the sowing tool... Then I came back home to Buenos Aires, looked out on the net and signed on an argentinian VHC sufferers forum. There they guided me to a public hospital where I found specialist on VHC, VHB and the like. It was like being born again. Those guys and gals really knew about it...
Interpheron and Rivs were out of the question in my case because the adverse collateral effects. So, they told me, let's wait for what's coming. And what's coming has come this year but at a stratospheric cost. The government only supply the new meds if you are F4. I don't want to wait to get there to get them...!
Get a specialist is my humble advise, or if you got the means, go to Australia and see Dr, Freeman, it seems to me that he is a nice person that happens to be a doctor that knows about our troubles. My own doctor is just like that, although overwhelmed by the huge number of patients she has to care for being at a major public hospital. i'll try to see her next week and propose her to start some kind of buyers club like they have done in Australia for those that can afford a couple of thousands of USD to finally get cured.
Kindly, Julio... Finally unpuzzled