Ah, you were lucky. I have 1a and been on two rounds of therapy. Obviously they didn't work. My last biopsy (this past Jan.) indicated very mild inflammation and no fibrosis so the doc said I can wait until newer and better therapies arrive. Was going to go the Zadaxin route, but now I can wait until FDA approval and give the bill to my insurance carrier. I like doing that!
My doctor told me 1a is more difficult to treat. In Italy I was included in a research group in Tor Vergata University (Rome) and did not pay anything . For 2a : Zadaxin three times a week and 1g a day of Rebetol (Schering Ribavirin) for ten months. For 1a : the same, but four Zadaxin a week and 14 months therapy. Very good results in many people of the group; so University obtained new funds from Government to double the group of new patients. I am 1 year without therapy and no rebound; other patients are 8 months without therapy and no rebound. But In Italy, if you are not included in an experimental group, you have to pay for Zada (it's very expensive: 125 $ each quantity). In USA why have not you tried to be included in research group? In USA people not included have to buy in Mexico.