Can you taste hepatitis c?
October 4, 2010 11:07 AM Subscribe
Can you taste when you have hepatitis c?
posted by No1UKnow to health & fitness (5 answers total)
Middle of this summer, I noticed persistent taste of corruption in my mouth, even right after brushing, flossing, and gargling, I could taste this nastiness similar to that burst of flavor you get when you floss free a piece of stuck meat. My dentist found no cavitites or gum problems. A week later, my yearly STD testing came back positive for hep c.
Follow up testing has shown no detectable virus, retesting in 3 months, the icky taste in my mouth is still there, and just as strong.
Is this taste thing a known side effect of hep c infection? Is it a sign that the negative viral load test result should be taken with a grater than usual sized grain of salt? I am 99.9999% certain the infection occurred within 60 days prior to the first STD test.