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Latest by Barbara McGovern, M.D.

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oral hep c

Performed oral sex only on a woman whom later I found out has hep c. In nervous about upcoming test so was just asking what are the chances of hep c being passed on this way? It was dark so I am not sure if there was blood present. Thank you Dr. M...

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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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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...

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HBeAg reactive anti-HBe nonreactive

I was diagnosed with chronic hep b.. My test results were ALT 106, AST 54, my HBeAg is reactive and anti-HBe nonreactive. My doctor recommended me to start on entecavir. is this my best option at this moment. Or should I start off with interferon sin...

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Hep B/C transmission risk - new mother

Hi Dr. McGovern, I know Heb B/C can live on surfaces for a long time. At my postpartum exam, I noticed that the nurse touched the receptacle that she used to discard the speculum for my pap smear with her gloved hands prior to giving me a pelvic exam...

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Where does the Hep C virus hide?

Dr., during Hep C tx, if a person is "un-dectectable", completes the SOC, achievs SVR, then re-lapses, how does the virus avoid detection then re-appear? I'm in my 30th week of tx and sailing right along. Based on all my tests, it seems the odds are ...

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protein in urine after being on Truvada for almost a year

I have hepb & hiv. After three years of trying different meds, what finally worked is, edurant/isentress/truvada. I take a Vit.D. pill, once a week (prescribed). I am sensitive to the 2nd component of truvada with my hiv. My recent tests are that the...

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HBV reactive and 14,20 Weeks Elisa test for HIV negative

Please help me with your response. I recently came to know that i am infected with HBV Genoty-D when I just went for a general checkup and also occult blood in urine. My doctor said I might have been carrying since childhood as my HBVeab is positive ...

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High ALT numbers and Atripla: a better option?

I'd like to get your advice about asking to switch from Atripla to another drug because of elevated liver enzymes. My current AST is 40 to 48, and ALT is 100 to 110. I was infected on 10/6/2011. I was diagnosed on 10/31/2011. The first drug regime...

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Pricked dentist

Hi Dr. Barbara, Please shed some light on this: I used an explorer proble on a patients gingiva what caused a light bleeding. I then left the explorer on my tray for approximately 2-3 minutes. When I tried to reach another material, I felt a prick on...