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Someone please respond, Stress is driving my insane

Hello Dr.'s I came into contact with blood infected with hepatitis C a little over 7 weeks ago. The exposure wasn't a significant exposure from what I've been hearing and reading about but haven't been able to get it off my mind since and the stress ...

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Hepatitis B and Food Handling

If a student has Hepatitis B, is it proper not to accept them in a tourism and hospitality program study? The reason for non acceptance is that food preparation subjects and food service subjects are included in the curriculum of the said program and...

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sgpt 89.0 unit u/l

pls answer my question what does sgpt/alt 89.0 unit u/l referrence interval 21.0-72.0 hbeag result 0.115 non reactive reference interval cov-1.0

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Urgent: exposure to HCV-positive ascites fluid

Good morning! I am a medical student. I have a question about a blood borne pathogen exposure that happened to me. I was working a shift in the Emergency Department when I was assisting in a peritoneal tap of a patient with massive ascites due to alc...

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Hep B Surface Antibody Reactive; Surface Antigen Positive

I had a blood test March 2012 with Reactive result for Hepatitis B Surface Antibody. Had another blood test April 2012 and turned out that I am Hepatitis B Surface Antigen Positive.. What is good and bad in my case? Im really worried when the doctor ...

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HCV from deep paper cut

I have read that HCV can survive in the environment in microscopic amounts unseen to the naked eye and that they can in fact transmit HCV. I cut my finger on paper today in the office (unsure of where they were before who handled them etc) the cut wa...

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can gallbladder nuclear test reactivate hep b?

Hi Barbara, I was just wondering if you could help me with my question. I had Hep B when i was 11 months old, now I'm 26, Dec 2011 blood test were: HBSAG - non reactive, HBSAB - 747 IU/L, HBCAB TOTAL - reactive, HBV DNA <15 iu/ml = not detected. I wa...

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Truvada tablets for Chronic hepatitis b

Hi, I have been living with chronic hepatitis b and my viral load was 3700/unit in my last month test resutls. My doctor has advised to take Truvada pills for a month. When i checked about that tablet it was intended for HIV. I am not sure i can take...

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HCV test result

Hi Doctor, I received oral sex from a sex worker on December 13. I also kissed her and fingered the vagina. On March 13 I had an antibody test for HIV, Hep A, B, and C. They all came back negative. I know I'm conclusive for HIV but what about Hepati...

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tested positive for Hep C over 25 years ago. Should I be doing anything about it?

Hi, I tested positive for hepatitis C back in 1987. I have never been sick and my Doctors ( GP) when we do blood work never say my liver enzyems are high or anything I should be aware of. Should I be doing anything about this? I have been in recover...