Hello I am a 16 year old female and from childhood till 8th grade (i'm in 11th now), I had the worst hygeiene ever. I had this weird habit of putting my hand down my pants in public (gross ja) so I was wondering if I could've caugh hep C this way because I know my hands weren't always clean when I did this and I used to wear my dirty gym clothes without underwear (rarely) but I'm scared I could've caught Hep C this way? I'm a virgin and I've never done drugs. I was wondering because I read online that the virus can live up to 4 days outside the body and what if I had touched blood and not realised it and I had a cut or something? I also read that hep C needs a microscopic amount of blood to infect so I wouldn't have been able to see the blood and then not realized it and then caught it somehow? These thoughts are always on my mind. (They are really quite annoying) I was reading on WebMD or something and it said the symptoms were muscle pains and lack of concentration and appetite. I get those symptoms quite a lot, but I think I may be psyching myself out. So you tell me, is this any reason to be worried or am I overthinking things and being obsessive?
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You should really try to practice good hygiene. It helps to keep you healthy physically and mentally.
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