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Latest by Barbara McGovern, M.D.

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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...

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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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Hepatitis C Infection from the Environment

Hello, I have read that hepatitis C can live in the environment for at least 16 hours but not longer than 4 days. In your opinion how likely is it to get infected with this virus through environmental contacts? Do I need to be worried every time I ge...

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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...