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Maribel Rodriguez-Torres, M.D.

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Faced jaundice two times with hyperbilirubinea

Dear Sir, I may be a special case for you as I have faced jaundice two times in my short life. Right now I am feeling tiredness. I have not Hep B or Hep C. My SGPT is also less than 40 iu/ml. Only bilirubin is counting between 1.5 and 2. I have neve...

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Hepatitis from kissing

Is it possible to contract Hepatitus B or C from kissing?. I recently found out that my ex girlfriend has both. Should I get tested?

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HIV/HBV Co-infection affect Elisa HIV Test

Without considering the PCR Test, Do you think that the HIV/HBV Co-infection can delay and turn out a false negative result after a eight month Elisa HIV antibody test? I have test -ve on HBsAG and -ve anti-HBs after three month of possible exposure,...

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HEPATITIS B SURFACE AB POSITIVE

A LAB TEST FROM APRIL 12, SHOWED THAT I HAD HEPATITIS B SURFACE AB POSITIVE. CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME WHAT THIS MEANS, SINCE THIS WAS A RESULT OF A DIABETIS RESEARCH TESTING, AND THE RESEARCH ASSISTANT CAN'T TELL ME WHAT IT MEANS AND WHAT ACTIONS WILL ...

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Diagnostic puzzle

Re: Diagnostic puzzle Dear Doc I have been reading your responses which speak loudly of your great knowledge and experience in this field. I hope you might have come across several messages from me on this board and must be having an idea about my pr...

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acute co-infection viral levels

Dear Dr. Rodriguez-Torres, During acute simultaneous HIV/Hep co-infection (prior to antibody formation), at what point would you expect detectable HIV or Hep viremia? Is viremia detectable during acute co-infection for long periods prior to antibody ...

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Conflicting Info on Kissing/Saliva?

I am very confused about kissing and saliva transmission of the HBV and hope you can help me please The other day I was kissing a woman at topless bar who was not my wife on the lips (no tongue or "french kissing" for approx. 20-30 seconds. I was rea...

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Infection Through Saliva?

Hello Dr.Rodriguez-Torres, I am worried that HIV HepC,D can be transmitted through saliva. Is this true? The activities I engaged in are sharing cigarettes,drinks with other individuals. Is this considered a risky activity? please advise Worried

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HEPAPITIS AND STD IN WATER? PLS ANSWER

dear Dr. Maribel, recently, I have been using (gay) sauna extensively, without entering into any sexual contact. However, I ended up a week later with yellow discharge from my penis and weak burning in it. I seek for your professional opinion on poss...

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Please help interpret Hep B test results

My recent test results shows: HB S AG W/REFLEX CONF positive >14.6 HB E AG negative HB E AB positive HB CORE AB,TOT positive HB S AB 50.2 HB CORE AB (IGM) negative HBV DNA <5 pg/ml Liver test results: ALKALINE PHOSPHATASE 139 AST 33 ALT 47 Also,could...