I am a 20 year old female, and I was diagnosed with hepatitis C. My viral count was very low luckily, so I am not on treatment. My doctor told me that I should be cautious as I get older, and get tested regularly.
I am so thankful that I do not currently have a threatening case, however my own anxiety causes me so much stress. I do not even know how I got it to be honest. I have never done any IV drugs, or had a blood transfusion. The only other option would be- unprotected sex. When my doctor told me this, it made me feel like I was... well a slut. I have only had unprotected sex with 2 people. We never did anal sex (which I read could be a cause) and I got tested for other STD's. I always feel sluggish and sometimes I have pain in my upper stomach that always worries me. I wish I had some answers, but I'm trying to accept that I will never know who gave it to me, or how.
With all that being said, it has really taken a toll on my mental health. Do you have any tips or recommendations? I just don't know how to cope with all this. I feel like I'm just overstressing for no reason because of how low my viral count was. Should I be worried?