I am a 20 year old college student, and I just found out this month(February 2013) that I have the hepatitis c virus.
Of course I was shocked and scared to find out that I had become infected with hepatitis c, but it was no mystery how I contracted the virus. I have been clean off drugs for 10 months now and I have made major lifestyle changes. I am committed to pursuing and education and doing all I can to be a better myself, I see a counselor weekly who helps me deal with the issues of addiction and the challenges and benefits of sobriety.
From the time I was 17 up until 10 months ago, I was an intravenous drug user. Any drug that could be made into a solution, I would inject. When someone uses drugs intravenously, it becomes inevitable that syringes will be shared among other I.V. users. So of course during the course of my drug use, I shared hypodermic needles with others. I have also received tattoos from non-sterile sources, and I am also a gay man and have had unprotected sex with other men. To say the least, I lived a lifestyle that put me at risk for a lot worse things than hep-c and the whole time I felt exempt from the outcomes of those risks.
This disease is a result of my own doing, and I don't feel an ounce of pity for myself. On the contrary I am thankful I learned of the disease in my sobriety because if I were still active in my addiction, my health and treatment of the disease would not be on the top of my priorities.
However; I am still scared and confused and still suffering the initial shock of learning I have hep-c.
I just had my first appointment with a specialist and had more labs done to find out what type of hep-c I have, so I can get the appropriate treatment. I am experiencing the initial symptoms of hep-c; mostly fatigue and nausea. The doctor gave me a physical and said my liver is inflamed. I am scheduled to start treatment next month(march 2013) after my lab results are confirmed.
I came to this message board to reach out for help, support, or advice. I just want to hear from others who have gone through treatment or are currently being treated for hep-c.
Thank you all for reading this post and for any helpful responses. Health, wealth, and happiness to you all