Hepatitis c is a blood borne virus. Blood infected with hepatitis c must enter the blood stream of an uninfected person to transmit hep c.
Most people newly infected with hep c experience no symptoms. When symptoms do develop is generally after decades of infection and the symptoms are those of liver damage.
The symptoms you suscribe are not those of a new hepatitis infection.
See your doctor for a proper diagnosis.
From the US CDC
“ How is hepatitis C spread?
Hepatitis C is usually spread when blood from a person infected with the hepatitis C virus enters the body of someone who is not infected. Today, most people become infected with the hepatitis C virus by sharing needles or other equipment to prepare or inject drugs. Before 1992, hepatitis C was also commonly spread through blood transfusions and organ transplants. After that, widespread screening of the blood supply in the United States virtually eliminated this source of infection.
People can become infected with the hepatitis C virus during such activities as:
Sharing needles, syringes, or other equipment to prepare or inject drugs
Needlestick injuries in health care settings
Being born to a mother who has hepatitis C
Less commonly, a person can also get hepatitis C virus through
Sharing personal care items that may have come in contact with another person’s blood, such as razors or toothbrushes
Having sexual contact with a person infected with the hepatitis C virus
Getting a tattoo or body piercing in an unregulated setting
Hepatitis C virus is not spread by sharing eating utensils, breastfeeding, hugging, kissing, holding hands, coughing, or sneezing. It is also not spread through food or water.”
Who is at risk for hepatitis C?
Some people are at increased risk for having hepatitis C, including:
Current or former injection drug users, including those who injected only once many years ago
Those born from 1945 through 1965
Recipients of clotting factor concentrates made before 1987, when less advanced methods for manufacturing those products were used
Recipients of blood transfusions or solid organ transplants prior to July 1992, before better testing of blood donors became available
People with known exposures to the hepatitis C virus, such as
Health care workers after needle sticks involving blood from someone who is infected with the hepatitis C virus
Recipients of blood or organs from a donor who tested positive for the hepatitis C virus
People with HIV infection
Children born to mothers infected with the hepatitis C virus
People who are incarcerated
People who use intranasal drugs
People who received body piercing or tattoos done with non-sterile instruments
What are the symptoms of acute hepatitis C?
People with new (acute) hepatitis C virus infection usually do not have symptoms or have mild symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they can include:
Clay-colored bowel movements
Loss of appetite
Jaundice (yellow color in the skin or eyes)
How soon after exposure to hepatitis C virus do symptoms appear?
In those people who develop symptoms from acute infection, the average time from exposure to symptoms ranges from 2 to 12 weeks. However, most people who are infected with the hepatitis C virus do not develop symptoms.
What does it mean if my pee smells strong?
Urine doesn’t usually have a strong smell. But some foods -- especially asparagus, which has a smelly sulfur compound -- can change the odor. So can vitamin B-6 supplements. When you’re dehydrated and your pee gets very concentrated, it can smell like ammonia. If you catch a whiff of something really strong before you flush, it might also be a sign of a UTI, diabetes, a bladder infection, or metabolic diseases. Go to the doctor.
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