The symptoms typically come on after 3 to 10 days of being infected with the Hepatitis C Virus. After 3 to 10 days, the immune system stops producing antibodies against the virus. Approximately 7 days after your infection, a person with hepatitis C will have a small amount of virus in one or more of their blood samples. Usually, a person will have a small amount of virus in their urine or saliva, which can be mistaken for, “dirty” urine.
There are many different groups of people who can get hepatitis C, including babies and children, adults, and people with certain medical conditions such as HIV infection, some form of cancer, recipients of an organ transplant, or end-stage kidney disease.
The truth is that anyone can get Hepatitis C.
For babies, if a person is infected with a virus, the disease cannot be passed from person to person, however, other viruses in the person’s body can make the baby can get hepatitis C. The risk of hepatitis for a baby who is exposed to the hepatitis C virus is much higher. Babies who are exposed to the Hepatitis C virus can spread the virus to other people. There is no way to prevent the spread of this disease in a baby, but doctors can try to prevent the infection.
For children, if a person has an infection with the Hepatitis C Virus, it is never safe to give a child any medicine or medical or dental care for human consumption, including certain types of vaccines. Other viruses in a person’s body may make the child more likely to get hepatitis C. People who have hepatitis C bacteria in their blood could get it in their mouth and an infected baby could be born with the bacteria in their kidney. Work with your health care provider to determine if your child should be vaccinated.
It is very important for people with HIV infection to follow the guidelines for the treatment of HIV infection as far as drugs are concerned. People who are using HIV medications should regularly undergo additional testing to determine if they have Hepatitis C.
People who have certain medical conditions pertaining to the liver are also much more prone to infection when exposed to the Hepatitis C virus. This includes people who have a severe advanced liver diseases such as chronic cirrhosis or liver failure.
Transmission of this disease comes in many forms and so it is important to recognize symptoms as soon as they appear.