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    Old 05-01-2009, 08:54 PM   #1
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    Old 05-02-2009, 08:02 AM   #2
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    Re: can your urine get dark when infected with HIV

    When you say dark urine, do you mean urine that is a more deep yellow, like when you are dehydrated, or dark meaning it is coke coloured?

     
    Old 05-02-2009, 08:42 AM   #3
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    cgranulomatis,

    Thanks for replying. No, my urine isn't like when your dehydrated, the deep gold yellow, it the color of tea. Approx. the same color as when I was infected with Hepatitis C.
    To clarify, I'm a Phlebotomist. I have had a couple of incidence over the past 6 months where I had a centerfuge with a patient's blood that had both hep C and HIV explode in my face. I contracted the Hep C, and the doctor is worried that I have also been exposed to the HIV.(wonderful, right??!!)
    I was just curious because my urine cleared up with the Hep C a while back, and now it's back....
    Thanks for your help!
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    Old 05-02-2009, 10:35 AM   #4
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    Hi there,

    Whoa you've been through a lot! So just to clarify, did you contract Hep C from the blood splashing in your face? Didn't your occupational health department test you for Hep B and HIV as well?

    Tea coloured urine IS definitely concerning, but it is not something that's necessarily linked to HIV. It's usually to do a pigment in the urine which can be as simple as the pigment from beets if you eat a lot of them, to something more sinister like muscle breakdown or a large amount of blood. There are certain types of diseases secondary to Hepatitis C (like cryglobulinemia) which can give you blood in the urine. Have you been really ill recently? Another possibility is IgA nephropathy.

    I would take your complaints to someone trained in internal medicine and definitely let them know of your recent diagnosis of Hep C.

     
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