think you posted in the wrong forum. but i'm pretty sure work place drug tests look for specific drugs. and benzocaine is not a illegal drug, now if it was benzoCOCAINE then you would have a problem :-)
the biggest reason i did not want to tell anyone was for my 9 yr old. i was afraid that her friends parents would not let theirs kids come over our house. i know some of you would say well that is their problem, but i can not take that chance. maybe i will feel different in the future but right now it is closed lips.
Your decision to tell is yours to make,no prob. here. But I decided to not hide it but try educate . Lucky , here in Hawaii there is very little stigma to it . We worry more about T.B. and bird flu. With a large military population (retired and active duty) I just want people to know that there is a very big chance,, some one you know has it ! "1 out of 10 military vets. have hep C "!! They were not all Junkies . Aloha R.
U.S. Army 74-77.
+++ All Veterans honorably discharged are tested Free. Treatment costs depend on your income. (I will have to pay $ 14.oo x 48 weeks for meds. all else free.) Contact your local vet affairs office/ Mil.Hospital. sorry all ,had to throw that in.
I'm of the belief that we must educate the masses.
I tell everyone...
I have had mixed reactions. But the number one thing they ask is how did you get it?
Oh I was this really high paid hooker who shot up every drug under the sun and I happened to share needles with Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson - and I lost my millions of dollars and got this lovely disease instead.
It usually gets their attention
Then I wink and I tell them that I probably got it from a medical surgery or a shot of rhogam - and I explain everything I can until they stop edging away slowly.
Some take it well - some do not.
But I don't care - I've passed whatever knowledge that I can to them.
I make sure I let them know it is a blood to blood disease... and that they can't get it from kissing, hugging, shaking hands, sharing sodas, breathing the same air - or from being 5 feet away from me.
I tell them that there are millions of people in the world with the disease and that it's a sad thing - but very few people know about it... or anything about it.
Then I answer what questions they may have.
If they haven't run far far far away. LOL!
But you know - I almost went the other way... I almost kept my silence.
Because I live in a small town - and for exactly the same reasons you choose to keep silent...
But I realized I had a responsibility to myself - my family and to others. That I need to be able to pass the word.
Reg. telling people. I have recently decided to be more open about it. If people judge me and have a problem with it...so what! I shared with this acquaintance I just met...she has had it too! I figure I might be able to benefit others and I do NOT want to feel ashamed. I'm not gonna go around with a sign board..but I will tell more people and maybe help educate and maye be a blessing to others. I have lived with other things I was ashamed of and tried to keep it a secret...it was too painful...so I let it go. There is a quote I've heard. "You are as sick as your secrets." We are all students here..gettin' an education. It's called LIFE.
God Bless you both today!
Not only do I tell everybody, but I tell them to get tested because they may very well have hcv too. I don't know how I got it - none of the usual risk factors, but I suspect sharp tools at my job. This virus can infect anybody, even those who want to make rash judgements.
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