The best way to determine what is causing the symptoms you describe is to speak with your doctor. He/She can test for hepatitis -- When you went to the doctor before did you mention your fears?
Here is some information on hepatitis C . The most common way to get hep C is through needles (sharing needles, an accidental stick, in rare cases tattoos, etc). You cannot get it from kissing, hugging, etc. So, unless you have some other risk factor that you didn't list, it is unlikely that you have hepatitis C.
Hepatitis B is spread through contact with the blood and body fluids of an infected person. You cannot get hepatitis B from casual contact such as hugging, kissing, sneezing, coughing, or sharing food or drinks. Here is some additional information .
This overview on hepatitis has some good information on both Hep A and Hep C along with how it is spread and who is at risk for each type. I hope that your biopsy went well. Please let us know how you are doing!View Thread
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Here is some information on hepatitis B blood tests from the Hepatitis B Foundation that briefly discusses false positives. It could be that you have acute hepatitis B (most adults who get hepatitis B have this form that goes away after a short while). Here is some more information . It may be a good idea to make an appointment with your doctor for more testing to determine if your previous test was a false positive and what, if anything you need to do. Please let us know how you are doing!
Q: We hear about a $1,000-a-pill price. Really? The cost for Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) varies based on the exact use, says Michele Rest, spokeswoman for Gilead, which makes the drug. When used with the hepatitis C drug ribavirin, a common combination, a 12-week course costs about $84,000 wholesale, or $1,000 a day, she says. A 3-month course of Olysio (simeprevir), also used with other medications, is about $66,000 wholesale, or about $733 a day, says Craig Stoltz, a Janssen spokesman.
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Here is some information on exams and tests for hepatitis C. Were you previously diagnosed with hepatitis C? What tests has your doctor run? Here is a hepatitis C treatment guide that you may want to review and discuss with your doctor. You should ask your doctor what your diagnosis means for you so that you can understand what steps you need to take to insure your health.
I think that it is great that you are trying to educate yourself about hepatits C. In addition to quitting drinking and seeing a good doctor asap, as Tiff said, here is a slideshow that explains the basics of hepatitis C and will get you started in understanding the disease. You can find more information in our Hepatitis Health Center . You may also be interested in this page about living with and managing hepatitis C.
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