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Really worried, late seroconversion from HIV and Hep C

Hi my name is Rodrigo, first of all I'm sorry if my english is a little bad, I'm from Peru (we speak spanish here). Please I'm really worried. I had anal sex without a condom 4 and a half months ago, so I got tested with an ELISA which was negative. ...

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Hep B Surface antibody non-reactive

So I have gotten all three of the hep B shots in 97, when I was 9 years old. I had to get a titer for nursing school, and the results said non reactive. What exactly does that mean, and it there a booster shot for Hep B or do I need to get the whole ...

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no treatment

I didn't get treatment for hepatitis c but the doctor said my body cleared it on its own after 4 weeks of illness. My question is after being told this I had one good week and then I started having muscle aches. Should I worry its coming back or is t...

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HCV transmission, SCARED!!!

Hi, I had asked a question the other day, and I appreciated your fast response. I have a new question, and am completely petrified right now. My new partner is Hep C positive. The other night he performed oral sex on me. Afterwards I noticed a part o...

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Hep C Oraquick Finger Prick Test Accuracy

Hi Doc, I previously posted about a prolonged kissing episode with a canker sore. At 85 days (approx 12 weeks) post exposure, I went and took a Oraquick HCV rapid test. As far as I know, it tests for antibodies. The result was negative. However, I am...

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Transmission of HCV - Please answer!

I am interested in a man who is hep C positive, and has a high viral load. I have a few questions. I also have herpes type2, though am infected orally, if this makes any difference. ( I throw that out there because I've heard those with herpes are mo...

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Hepatitis B (Hbs Ag positive)

Dr I donated blood in blood camp and through them I came to know I got infected with Hep B(positive). Immediately I have consulted the Gastro specialist regarding this problem.Second time I have asked to take HBsAG test and the test result confirmed ...

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Referral for tests

My Dr. just gave me a referral to get tests for a Hepatitis Profile and Mixed Hyperlipidemia? How is this done and what is it for?

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Please answer question? This is my third or fourth time writing over the last year.

Hi Dr. McGovern, I know you are very busy, but I really want to know what this test result means, no one can answer me it seems. Next to several nonreactive/negative test results on my friend's copy of her std tests there are exclamation marks (!) wi...

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HBsAg Positive and marriage life

Dear Dr.,I donated blood in blood camp and through them I came to know I got infected with Hep B(positive). Immediately I have consulted the Gastro specialist regarding this problem.Second time I have asked to take HBsAG test and the test result conf...