I recently tested positive in an initial screen for hepatitis C. They did a secondary test to check for the active virus and the test came back negative for PCR's. This means that I do not have the active virus, but that I was exposed to it at some point. My understanding is that this means that at anytime, the virus could become active. It could be next week or 20 years from now. I'm just looking for someone who is a little more knowledgeable that myself in this area who might be able to tell me what I can expect and what I should do. I'm not sure how I contracted this. I have a ton of questions...
1. Is this sexually transmitted? it doesn't sound like anyone really knows. 2. If it is sexually transmitted, can I pass it to someone else, even though the virus is not present? 3. Is there any preventative medicine that I can take, or am I relegated to a "wait and see" holding pattern? 4. How often should I get tested? 5. The doctor suggested that I quit drinking, Is this really necessary, since the drinking would only make things worse if I actually had the virus?
I guess this is a start. I'm not freaking out, I just want to know where to go from here. The hep C clinic at the VA says they don't need to see me, bc the virus isn't active, but I'd hate to wait till it's active before I start doing research. Thanks for all of your help.View Thread
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