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Can Herbal Medicine Throw Off Hepatitis C Tests

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AIDS InfoNet

Hepatitis C and HIV

What Is Hepatitis C? How Is It Diagnosed? How Is Hep C Treated? Can Hep C Be Prevented? Hep C and HIV Together The Bottom Line What Is Hepatitis C? The hepatitis C virus (HCV) can cause liver damage. HCV is transmitted by direct blood-to-blood contact. Most people get hepatitis C (hep C) through injection drug use with shared equipment. Up to 90% of people who have ever injected drugs, even just once, have been infected...
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Hepatitis C testing

I touched blood on a countertop back after a customer left and had wiped it off with a napkin with hand sanitizer on it in February and freaked out because I had a small cut on my hand (from dry skin, the top skin was still there)... it didn't seem...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
I think it was okay to test to be conservative, but would have advised that the risk was extremely low. You are all set...I would not follow this up any further. Read more »

viral tests for hepatitis c

I just had blood work done and I have hepatitis c. My test hcv rna, qn bdna range 484800 h iu/ml <615 and test hvc rna qn, bdna 5.69 log iu/ml <2.79 do is this high and do I need further testing and what kind?
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
That viral load is in the low to moderate range. A HCV genotype, liver function tests, and perhaps a liver scan or biopsy to determine the extent of liver damage or involvement of HCV are indicated. You should consult with a liver specialist about... Read more »

Hepatitis C Tests

I have gotten tested for Hep C and a local std clinic and it was negative and I also got tested from my doctor and it was negative also - is there only one test done for Hep C at these clinics and is it enough cause I get confused when I see people...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
A screening HCV antibody test is fine for routine testing. HCV infection is not commonly acquired through sex, but outbreaks have been reported in MSM so routine screening is certainly recommended among person who have had unsafe sex. Other tests,... Read more »

Confused about the swiss study

I discussed with my doctor about the swiss study which claims that in a monogamous serodiscordant and straight relationship with the infected partner on treatment and with an undetectable viral load the use of a condom is no more imperative. He...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
Thanks for your question.The recommendations were based on the finding that loweing the viral load will indeed lessen the risk of transmission of HIv but may not eliminate it.Studies that examined men on HAART with undetectable viral loads in their... Read more »
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Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

HIV and Hepatitis C Co-Infection

...sureto check out the CATIE Fact Sheet on Hepatitis C. What You Need to Know If you have HIV, you should consider getting ahepatitis C test because effective managementof both viruses improves your chances ofprotecting your health. ... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Hepatitis: Overview

What Is Hepatitis? Viral Hepatitis Other Types of Hepatitis Medication Problems Alternative Approaches What Is Hepatitis? Hepatitis means an inflammation, or swelling, of the liver. Viruses can cause hepatitis. Alcohol, drugs... Read more »
The Well Project

How to Read a Package Insert

...all prescription medications approved by the FDA. Similar information is available for nonprescription medicines and for some herbal medicines and dietary supplements as well. The package insert, or drug label, can usually be found online on the... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Chinese Herbalism

What Is Herbalism? Why Do People With HIV Use Chinese Herbalism? How Are Chinese Herbs Used? What Are the Side Effects? How Do Chinese Herbs Interact With Other Therapies? How Do We Know It Works? What Is Herbalism? Healers in... Read more »
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Am I Infected

Posted by delhiguy, 3 Replies
I am 30 YO guy. Worried that I may have got infected. I met this friend of mine on 5th of Dec 2010 which was just a causual meeting after 5 years. After having drinks she started touching me and I got aroused and we end up mating. While in act, she... Read more »

Lost

Posted by LostNconfused, 5 Replies
I tested positive 3 days before Christmas and I think I am still numb to the fact. I haven't told any friends or family because I really don't know how and most are judgemental and I'm sure will walk away. But I guess if they do, then I didn't need... Read more »

I tested Positive, My boyfriend didnt, False positive?

Posted by ruraltgwoman, 1 Reply
I tested positive for HIV on 12/10. My boyfriend just got his results back today 12/21. His results came back negative. We have been having unprotected sex for the last 4 years and have been together for 5. I have only been wih him during that... Read more »

What foolish and senseless behavior. Please Help!

Posted by brainshom, 1 Reply
About 2 months ago, I did something that was completely out of my character and now I am scared as hell. I was new in the neighborhood and had a one night stand with a girl whom I later found out was/is a prostitute. Had I known she was a sex... Read more »