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Hello Thanks a lot for your work 1\. Who should be tested for HCV? 2\. who The population that can be at risk? 3\. do you think oral sex is a risk for HCV (if i receive)? thanks

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Hep C Relapse post Tx

Dr. post tx., if the Hep C virus were to re-appear, and re-infection was not an issue, when will it most likely show up? I believe, as with RVR, if your un-dectectable 30 to 40 days post tx., most likely the tx worked. Is that accurate? Thanks

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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 ...

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Can Tenofovir reduce chance of HIV transmission?

Hi Doctor McGovern, Just out of pure curiosity, am I protected from HIV infection if I take 300 mg of Viread each day to control chronic HBV? I heard Truvada can reduce HIV infection by 70%, and Tenofovir is the agent in Truvada which suppresses HIV ...

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Confusion about HBeAb and HBcAb positive

Hello, I always tested negative for HBeAb and HBcAb in the past. I've received HBV vaccine (all 3) 2 years ago, therefore my HBsAb is positive, but HbsAg is neg. I am confused by the positive result for HBeAb and HBcAb, does it mean I was exposed to ...

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Worried about acute HepB

Dear Dr McGovern, I recently asked a question with the above title. I have now tested clear and have anti-hbs! Hurray! Thanks so much for your help though. I couldn't find a way to respond to your reply so I hope that this gets to you. Thanks Michael...

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Hep C

I recently found out i have hep c. and with furthr er testing i now know its " inflamed ". I'm an athlete who has struggled with drug use. I'm scared to do treatments because of the lack of energy i've heard about. Could you give me an answer on what...

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HCV Transmission through nick with a washed trimmer.

I am hcv positive 10 years. I used my hair trimmer at my armpits and grazed the upper skin a little at one side, then washed its cutting edges with water for one minute, then I washed it with an after shave lotion containing alcohol for one minutes a...

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Chronic HBV can lead to autoimmune hepatitis?

Hello Dr McGovern, I have been a life-long carrier of Hepatitis B for 40 years. My doctor believes I am an inactive carrier because my liver function tests, ALT, AST have been consistently normal. (By normal, I mean ALT < 33 IU, not like the ridiculo...

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Hepatitis C seroconversion question

Hello, dr Barbara! Could you clarify the following thing to me please. At the http://depts.washington.edu/hepstudy/hepC/clindx/acute/discussion.html there is such table(Figure 4) where the following facts have been mentioned: 1\. Infection->Seroconve...