Of the initial fourteen women, I was talking to, a few disappeared at the mention of hep C, and a few more when I explained my liver transplant. Dating someone who recently came out of major surgery sounds limiting.
He does not know how he contracted it or if he was born with it.
In reality, hepatitis C is a disease that infects all sorts of people from all sorts of socioeconomic backgrounds.
And public perceptions of people with hepatitis C may be more sympathetic than you think.
Obviously, plenty of people with hepatitis C do experience stigma, and plenty of uninfected people have wrong ideas about the disease.
But take comfort from the fact that people may not be as hostile as you expect.