When you first get diagnosed, it is common to become obsessive about how you got it....the further down the road you get, the less important it becomes. Then just getting rid of it becomes much more important.
Maybe you can tell me how i got my hep C...I never injected drugs, and Sex isn't really an option for getting Hep C, but I have been with 2 people in the last 32 yrs, so even if it was an option, it wouldn't be mine. I don't have any tatoo's, I have peirced ears which i did myself...
I did snort some coke in the 80's, my mother has Hep C, I had a blood transfusion when I was 11 (40 yrs ago), I had very bad flu like symptoms when i had my 1st son, so could have been from the hospita where I had himl, and I worked in a doctors office for a few yrs, but have no recollection of being punctured with a needle at that time.
Of course it could have been from a dentist visit, or possibly a pedi/manicure (but hardly ever do those)...those are just the things I can think of off the top of my head. ...
Go ahead and pick one, i'll go with that...
A person could go crazy trying to figure out when and how they got it...spend your energy on getting cured :)
Since being diagnosed in 1996 I came up with 3 ways since "69" that I could of gotten infected.Instead of pointing fingers,I am concentrating on getting rid of it instead of finding out just how I got it.
Thank you all for giving me some perspective on this issue. I too was spending too much thought, even re-questioning the source of my HIV coinfection. Since I'm about to begin HCV tx, you are quite right--I need to focus on that and forget about what cannot be changed and no longer matters.
Gawd, I remember that phase too. Since I work in the health care field, I was pretty sure on the "how" -just not the "when". I had such a pathetic knowledge level about hep c that I'd bought into the stigmas, worried that if the outside world found out, they'd think I was a drug user and that I was contaminated and dangerous -and believing that myself.... I really thought it was like terminal cancer and that I was on borrowed time. Thankfully, after I went through a very unnecessary grieving period, I began to educate myself and found forums like this with the "been there, done that, wrote the book" folks on it.
I'm happy to say that my liver biopsy showed minimal damage and that, after txing, I am now 4 years SVR -and that dragon has no sign of life!
No, it wasn't easy, but I came out the other side a changed person. I no longer take life and close relationships for granted and I appreciate each day for what it has to offer. I live my life in such a way that it brings joy to myself and to those around me. I love my new life. I hope you are equally blessed after emerging from your experience. ((((HUGZ)))) ~MM
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