My wife recently tested positive for Hep C antibodies during a routine physical. While my heart breaks for her, I'm very happy we live in a time where it's a very curable illness. We have been married for over 40 years with no children. It is likely she's had it for 25+ years. Her doctor requested I come in later this week for an antibody/PCR test to see if I'm infected as well. I'm new to the site, but have read about others who were married for decades where their spouse was infected, and they, as well as their children never contracted the virus. Her doctor claimed that this is the case a lot more often than one would think, but I'm still a little nervous for several reasons.
We have shared everything, including razors, toothbrushes, etc. She had surgery at one point and I most certainly came in contact with her blood while changing bandages many times. We have also had sex while she was menstruating several times. We've popped each others pimples and bandaged each others cuts. I love her more than anything and we'll hold each others' hands through this regardless of the outcome, but the more I read on the internet, the more I become nervous.
I guess what I'm getting at here is I find it fascinating how infectious much of the internet makes it seem, however there are people who lived with infected spouses for decades, partaking in intimate acts such as we did, where contraction never occurred. So for those in my shoes, could you please share your experiences with me, and any and all details regarding possible exposures to your spouses' blood where infection did not occur? Thank you to all and anyone who responds. You are all amazing, beautiful people and give me and my wife the strength to get through this.