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    Hey guys ive been a iv meth user for 4 years now and in the past i have shared needles with multiple people ( i know i was stupid aha) but ive been considering having a hep c test i havent had one before so ive got a couple questions.

    Should i get tested ? im like 99% sure im gonna get tested but would i have very noticiable symptoms yet or could i have it without noticing? the times i shared needles were 3 and 3 1/2 years ago. and have you any of you been tested ? sorry if this is the wrong place to post this, as ive not long ago joined bluelight.

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    If you have shared syringes with other people then I think you should have a comprehensive blood test. I don't know much about hep C, but I am sure there are infections you can pass from sharing syringes which might not show symptoms right away. Using drugs every day can mask symptoms as well. I can't see a single good reason for you not to get tested ASAP.
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    Yeah definitely thanks for the advice im going to book myself an appointment to the docs for sure.
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    Yes you should get tested, and yes you could well have hep c and not be noticing any symptoms whatsoever. It can take years for symptoms to show up. Hep C can be cured sometimes now so you really should get tested.

    Ideally while you're at it you should get tested for HIV too. It's less likely that you'll have it compared to hep c. You might well have neither, but of the two hep c is more likely. As you likely know, hiv can't be cured. But it can be treated pretty effectively these days. You could have it and not be showing symptoms for that too.

    I say get tested for both. I've been tested for both many times. All that's involved is them taking some of your blood. Then a few weeks later you'll have to go in to get the results.
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    Yeah Seriously it's a no brainer get tested. It's super easy to do, all GPs have pathology labs close by, so it's just a quick appointment with any random bulk billing Doctor to receive a pathology slip and once your blood sample has been taken it's a 7 day wait to go back to the doctor to get the results. You need to go back to the Doctor in person to get the results, they won't tell you over the phone.

    If positive to hep C lay off the alcohol and get a referral to liver specialist ASAP. As others mentioned you can be Hep C positive and have no noticeable symptoms for decades until the day you get feelings of extreme pain in your low abdominal region of your body and out of nowhere with no real warning you develop a form of liver cancer like fatty liver leading to Cirrhosis of the liver. It may be 20 years from time of first infection of the Hep C from IV use till the damage to your liver is life threatening but all that is completely avoidable if blood tests for liver function are done regularly and scans of your low abdominal region are done to observe the health of your liver.

    It's 2018 not 1998 plenty of Hep C treatment options available in Australian hospitals. I believe Hep C treatments in AUS are on the PBS covered by medicare so the out of pocket cost is small. Count your lucky stars you live in Australia with it's tax payer funded health care system cos Meth_headAussieIV the true cost of hep c treatment is incredibly expensive and if you were in America without employer funded medical insurance coverage you would have to cough up the big bucks and pay the full cost of hep c treatment.

    And for the love of god Meth_headAussieIV get more organised in having a ready supply of works so you never need to share a needle again, google needle exchanges for where you live or at the very least find a chemist in your home suburb who sells fresh n new clean fits.

    Seeing as you have shared needles in the past the GP will have the pathology run a HIV test and what JessFR said is spot on " hiv can't be cured. But it can be treated pretty effectively these days. You could have it and not be showing symptoms for that too."

    It's probably worth while you are visiting a medical clinic having the GP instructing the pathology lab to test the level of your liver function as well as check for kidney disease because heavy use of meth can affect how healthy your liver and kidneys work regardless of blood borne virus being present or not. I would also ask to be tested for STDs.
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    boku_ Cheers for the advice man and im gonna book in for some blood tests and stuff this week, and yea man I know its very stupid to share fits the few times I did share I was 15 turning 16 at the time so I was young and stupid, im now 20 years old and much smarter,cleaner and safer. I always use new fits thes days and I dont use a fit more than once my veins are a lot more happy for it too as I used to use the shit out of my fits when I was younger up to 3 times re use which is fucking stupid. and that is soo bad for your veins aha. And yea no excuse for using dirty/blunt ones man as Ive got 2 needle exchanges near me we are very lucky here in Australia with the access we have to black boxes ( box with fits,sterile water, alcohol swabs etc also known as fit pack). I always pick up 3-4 boxes when I got to my exchange so I always have freshies nowa days. im getting tested asap as Ive left it way too long to be tested years which is stupid on my part.

    cheers mate and thanks for your comment )
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    Good to hear man that you have got your shit together with the foresight to participate in a needle exchange program. Fit kits are the bomb for preventing the spread of nasty blood borne viruses between friends who IV together at the same time and in the same location as the fit kit has all the items necessary to shoot up in a sterile and clean manner.

    I got your friend request AussieMethheadIV so if you want to discuss anything in regards to the blood test results you would have received recently simply send me a private msg ,I understand that the status of your blood test results are way too personal to post out on the open BL forum but if you found out you picked up something like hep C etc or your liver function levels are out of whack i am more than willing to offer advice but in all sincerity i hope your blood test results came back all clear.
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    I caught hep c when i was 18 and i had no idea i had it. Im suprised youve been this long without a test i thought it was routine for IV drug users. Its nothing to worry about especially with the new treatments being put on thr PBS it cost me aprox $18 for 3 bottles or $36000 worth of Harvoni and now i am clear. Better to nip it in the bud and be safe and sure and not share from now on. I learnt the hard way all those years ago.
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    I would get get it done, its best to know about or put your mind at ease.

    I'm getting tested next week and I have never used needles apparently you can get it from sex, sharing pipes, cigarettes or rolled up notes to sniff drugs.
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    Depending on Health, Genetics ..i dunno! Some lucky 20 percent people's immune system can kill the virus.But that doesn't mean they are immune to it every time they are exposed to the virus.But unfortunately if you have been using for 4 years..Your IMMUNE SYSTEM may be not in the best condition.Get yourself tested.There are 2 types of test to know if you are or have been infected with the virus.
    1 Antibody test.In our country its almost free .This test detects the dead antibodies floating around the blood killed by the immune system.Successfully treated people will also have the dead antibodies floating in their blood although they are treated and have no liver problems.
    2.RNA Quantitative testing: this test is really expensive in our state , I’ll be able to buy almost a new scooter.To simply put it,this test count the amount of viruses in your blood.and was considered the most reliable .I’m not a doctor , but thats how i got tested.(3,4 years ago)

    My advie to you is, don’t drink alcohol and beer and try to quit meth if youre still using it.The symtoms may not appear unless you started having jaundince .I have lost one of my best friends due to hep c relapse.He dindt do drugs but drink heavily.I have lost 2 relatives in the same reason.Seek a medical help and get the tests.

    If you need help regarding medication. feel free to contact me, in America they say the hep C med Sofofbuvir is really expencive, so many people get untreated.India copied a very cheap(almost free if you are an indian with health care insurance which cost very cheap).HEPCINAT is freely given if you have insurancnce(which cost 50pc less than a bottle of Jack Daniels)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Meth_headAussieIV View Post
    Hey guys ive been a iv meth user for 4 years now and in the past i have shared needles with multiple people ( i know i was stupid aha) but ive been considering having a hep c test i havent had one before so ive got a couple questions.

    Should i get tested ? im like 99% sure im gonna get tested but would i have very noticiable symptoms yet or could i have it without noticing? the times i shared needles were 3 and 3 1/2 years ago. and have you any of you been tested ? sorry if this is the wrong place to post this, as ive not long ago joined bluelight.

    Cheers
    I just took a test today. I took one clean 2016, I don't think I should have picked it up since. But had some bloods done recently with some high (bad) liver-related numbers. Although, the new bloods taken a fortnight ago looked almost fine, so it was right after a virus so I'm not worried. But Dr was offering a free Hep A vaccine, took that. Took another Hep B booster because the antibodies it produces weren't showing in my blood and also took blood for the Hep C test. All today. Considering it is mostly curable now - you'd be crazy not to be tested if you're an IV user.

    See my join date, OP? I'd been IV'n primarily meth , frequently for 5 years ALREADY at that date. I've continued to IV (mostly H), almost daily since then. Clean of all majors, never had a abscess, always had fine veins (haven't ruined them). I'm not even that clean, I share fits, re-use old ones, etc. But I do use a LOT of alco-wipes, everywhere, do my best to "sterilize" reused fits, keep mine separate, etc. But mostly - I see a Dr regularly, tell them everything, get checked, etc. Just- stay on top of shit. I've seen enough to know that you can get wiped out fast in this game if you drop your guard.
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    Hep c has a "cure" now so look into that
    Sharing needles would leave me worried about much more than hep
    You should be able to get a full sti screen with little difficulty if you live in Australia.
    As another user said, find a gp you trust and be honest with them about everything (important)
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