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Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Barbara McGovern, M.D., is an associate professor of medicine at the Tufts University School of Medicine and an attending physician in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Lemuel Shattuck Hospital in Boston. She is a widely published researcher and frequent lecturer on issues pertaining to HIV and coinfections with hepatitis B and hepatitis C. More information about Dr. McGovern is available on her bio page.

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Hepatits C equivocal

Please help me waht is equivocal? and what is not detected does it mean negative below is text of my test result Hepatitis C Antibody Equivocal* Supplementary Hepatitis C Ab Not Detected Hepatitis B Surface Antigen Not Detected No evidence of current...

By Barbara McGovern, M.D.
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What is hepatatis Be antigen (non reactive) means ?

Few months ago i went for blood donation and i was told that I am having a hepatatis virus and report shows HBs AG Australia antigen (positive). when i went to doctor for further check up he asked me to do another blood test and another report shows ...

By Barbara McGovern, M.D.
More News on HIV Drug Interactions With New HCV Drugs -- This Time With Daclatasvir: A Blog Entry by Barbara McGovern, M.D. Img
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More News on HIV Drug Interactions With New HCV Drugs -- This Time With Daclatasvir: A Blog Entry by Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Drug interactions are important because they can lead to drug levels that are either too high or too low. In light of these concerns, more drug companies are looking at potential hepatitis C (HCV) drug interactions with HIV medications.

Remember the...

By Barbara McGovern, M.D.
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Hep C and Razors

I have Hep C and my 2 yr old son got a hold of my razor, which I though was high enough for him to reach, and sliced his foot (very small, didn't really appear to be a cut that bled much and tonight no real scab). I did not notice any blood in the wa...

By Barbara McGovern, M.D.
Making Sense of the Drug Interaction Warning for HIV/HCV-Coinfected Patients Taking Victrelis: A Blog Entry by Barbara McGovern, M.D. Img
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Making Sense of the Drug Interaction Warning for HIV/HCV-Coinfected Patients Taking Victrelis: A Blog Entry by Barbara McGovern, M.D.

New warnings appear to severely restrict the HIV treatment options for HIV/hepatitis C-coinfected people who want to take the new hepatitis C (HCV) drug Victrelis (boceprevir). But is the news really as bad as it seems? Barbara McGovern, M.D., tells ...

By Barbara McGovern, M.D.
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VERY WORRIED PLEASE TELL ME WHAT TO DO

Hello, I'm 18 and happy to have found this site that can guide concerns like mine. I greatly value your time and would appreciate if you could answer each of my questions. Ok, my mom has a friend who's being tested for Hep B, Hep C and HIV, I'm not s...

By Barbara McGovern, M.D.
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Smoking a Cig with someone who has hepatitis B or C

I just fount out that a friend has hepatitis C. We shared a cigerette and the next day she told me that she has it. Is it possible to catch it if she has hepatitis C OR B. I know she said she has C, but reading up on it hepatitis B scares me as well....

By Barbara McGovern, M.D.
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HCV Transmission

I am 29 year old Canadian male suffering from HCV transmission anxiety. To get infected by HCV, infected blood has to contact my bloodstream. Does that mean the blood has to hit a vein or artery? Or does the infected blood just have to somehow punctu...

By Barbara McGovern, M.D.
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Toilet paper from floor - checked archives, couldn't find exact answer - Please, haven't slept VERY WORRIED

Hello, I've been looking in archives for 2 hrs and ignoring my family so I hope you don't mind I go ahead and ask this question. I used a public bathroom and the toilet paper was on the floor (the holder was broken) I used it to wipe and didn'think a...

By Barbara McGovern, M.D.
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Hep C Transmission via subcutaneous needlestick

I am a nurse and today I was giving my patient an insulin injection (using an insulin syringe..probably 25-27 gauge). I gave the injection and removed the needle when it pricked my left pointer finger. I was wearing gloves, so I immediately pushed up...

By Barbara McGovern, M.D.