Originally Posted by joojoobee1967
If you were exposed to Hep C, how soon would someone show symptoms and what kind of symptoms would they be?
Well, it takes about 20 or 30 years before symtoms appear, unless you are a heavy smoker, drinker of alcohol, or obese. In that case, symptoms appear much sooner, but not always.
There are no symptoms that can be tied to hepatitis C. Fatigue, for example can have many causes. So can flu like symptoms (like you might actually have the flu)
If you believe an exposure may have ocurred (and I recommend this to everyone, exposure or not) GET TESTED.
If you are negative, have a confirmatory test again in 6-12 months.
If you are HIV positive or have any othe rimmune related diseases, a PCR test if the best choice for you. Otherwise, an antibody test is sufficient.
Do not drink alcohol until you are sure you are negative. Alcohol has been shown to help an infection catch hold when exposure has occurred. About 20-50% of those exposed will not contract the disease.