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Wife has Had Hep C for over 12 years and drinks
hello, im concerned about my wife, she has had Hep C for over 12 years, through drug use, she does not do drugs any more but she does drink about 2-3 glasses of wine per night.
She has been drinking like this off and on for as long as i have known her.
She has geno type 3?
She has refused to take any treatment with relation to the HCV
Her last test was a false negative and is getting another one done in a couple of months.

she bruises easily, has always had pale skin and sometimes i can 'smell' the alcohol on her.
we do not really talk abou *** as she is not a big communicator and shys away from the conversation
we also have 2 little boys and she is self consuming in her work and little else

any advise would be apprecited, i just want to here frmo anyone else experiencing the same thing and what it all means?

thanks
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just pray... drinking will give the disease gas power to be honest and make it basically progress quickly..
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Some drink for years at the level your wife does without progressing to cirrhosis, others lead a clean and sober lifestyle and do progress. The only way to know how damaged her liver is would be to get a biopsy - diffucult to do if she won't even talk about it.
If she stops or scales back her drinking her liver will probably be less damaged, but to drink without knowing what condition her liver is in is foolish.
What type of test did she do that gave a "false negative"?
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The most concerning detail of your post is that she bruises easily.
This could be a symptom of  liver disease.
She needs to see a hepatologist  for a full blood count and liver function test.
You don't need to be told that alcohol with Hep C is bad and plays a significant role is disease progression.
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Her last test was a false negative and is getting another one done in a couple of months.

What do you mean false negative?  HCV RNA PCR showed no active virus?  Tested negative for antibodies then positive?  Why not retest immediately?  You indicated she's had hepc for 12 years.  I'm sorry, I don't understand what you are saying here.
Hepc and alcohol not each other's friend.  Your wife doesn't know how much liver damage she may have.  That is really the standard by which people should make a decision whether to drink or not.  Three glasses of wine on a daily basis is too much for anyone with liver damage.  
I'm sorry your wife chooses to ignore her disease if indeed she does have active hepc.  At some point in her life she will have to deal with it -  would be nice for the boys sake if it were sooner rather than later.   Good luck and I hope she comes to terms with this unpleasant aspect of her life.
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It's very simple. She either has to quit drinking or prepare her will... Can't be any more blunt than that...

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Agree with magnum, 100%.

Some begin drinking again in a much smaller and occasional way AFTER they have killed the disease but daily drinking WITH the disease is a completely different story.

Many of us have been through the same situation (with ourselves or our spouses, etc.) it's not easy on anyone but she needs to know how much damage it is doing and how absolutely dreadful end stage liver disease would be. Look it up.  Refusing to do treatment and continuing to drink is a death sentence and noone can tell you how long she has.

Update the will, soon.
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As some of us mentioned in your other thread almost identical to this, what do you mean by a "false negative" ? What test are you talking about? First, you should find out if your wife actually has Hepatitis C or not. If they repeat her viral load test and it is still negative, then maybe she doesn't have it or has gotten rid of it by herself. That happens on occasion. Do you have your own copies of her blood tests? You might start there.

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It sounds as though your wife may have HAD (past tense) Hcv but cleared it on her own.

The 'false neg' may be a true neg.  Please tell, don't ask, her to be tested for Hep C and

Hep B antibodies.  If either of those is pos, have a pcr, qualitative.

Alcohol and hepatitis do NOT mix.  pouring gas on a fire.

Ask her to stop or at least reduce the alcohol consumption.
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