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An_251324 posted:
I guess I was just wanting a little advice. I have been with my husband for 7 years and in the beginning, after having sex, he informed me that he had hepititis C but it was ok. He stated that he contracted it through tattooes however he is also an addict so he may have gotten it through that, not really sure. He has told me that he doesn't have it anymore so i really never worried too much about it, i had read that you really couldn't get it through sexual contact. Anyway, he has left me and i am worried that I may have it since i've been having alot of pain around my liver area. I have some of the symptoms however, not the yellowing of the skin or vomiting. I am kind of afraid to go get a test for it as i'm not sure how i will handle it if it comes back positive. I haven't been to a doctor yet, hoping that it will just go away and the pain will stop. What happens to me if I do have it? Am I worrying over nothing. I had seen on one web site that you can contract if you share razors or tooth brushes or finger nail clippers, we had shared razors and finger nail clippers. I guess I"m just looking for a little advice. I am pretty scared. I'm 54 yrs old and have several grandchildren i spend alot of time with. will it affect them? that's what scares me the most I suppose
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oldtiff47 responded:
YOU AND MOST SHOULD JUST GET TESTED. ALL THE WORRYING YOU ARE DOING IS NOT WORKING FOR YOU AT ALL......SO PLEASE JUST DO IT. YOUR GRANDCHILDREN NEED YOU TO DO SO....

TIFF
DON'T TAKE YOUR ORGANS TO HEAVEN...HEAVEN KNOWS WE NEED THEM HERE !!
 
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2bnlitend responded:
Tiff said it best... quit worrying, it only adds undue stress.

It has been my experience that the progression of hep c is very slow unless you are a drinker/drug user... and I mean slow.

I am 58, had the infection since the mid to late 80's, been through triple therapy recently with no success and still am only level 1.2 of 1.0 - 4.4 (in other words 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4 etc.; 4.4 is full blown cirrhosis needing transplant). I may very well die with it rather than from it.

Chance of transmission is extremely low in cases of shared razor, tooth brush and sex; it is 100% transmitted intravenously or blood to blood. The virus has been known to survive up to 1 week on surfaces outside the host; even then transmission via open sore contacting the same surface is low.

Three things I would suggest; 1) get your gallbladder checked for sludge or stones as this may be your side pain (the liver does not ache to my understanding), 2) have a blood test done to determine whether or not you have contracted hep, and 3) do not worry because the stress is as much a health issue as the one you are worrying over.

If you have a return diagnosis of infection, still do not worry, stop drinking if you do drink alcohol and mind those times you cut yourself in much the same way as anyone else would; contain, cleanse, wrap in bandage and go about your business as usual. I wish you the best outcome over all.


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