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Is there such a thing as an inactive carrier?

I am a lesbian and I'm currently dating a woman who was diagnosed with hepatitis b 6 years ago. She went to the doctor about a year ago and was told that she was a carrier, but was an inactive carrier. I don't really understand what that could mean a...

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hepatitis C : sgpt 500

Dear Sir, I read a report on this page of dt. 11/5/2002 informing that he has got rid of hepatitis C. Sir, One of my close relative is suffering from Hepatitis C which has been detected recently. The SGPT count is around 500 . What treatment do you s...

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Hepatitis B & Muscle ache

I have chronic hepatitis B infection. Occasionally I experience muscle ache in by legs. Is muscle ache one of the symptoms of hepatitis B. I was tested negative for HIV-1 after 7 months and negative for HIV-2 after 9-week period. I did not contact an...

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liver and spleen enlarged

I am a 52 yrs. old male. I have type 2 diabetes for about 12 yrs. and I take oral medication glucophage, avandia and amaryl. For the past 4 mo. I have pain in my right upper side under the ribs. I had an ultrasound of abdomen and the result show enla...

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Does HBV have window period?

Dear Doc, does the HBV have a window period like HIV? Also how long after infection does it take to clear the virus COMPLETELY from the system?

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Can my unborn child catch the Hepatitis B virus.

Hi my boyfriend was stabbed and he show the Hepatitis B in his blood soon after it happen. A week later the test came back non-reactive. For 10 yrs it has been this. If we have a child will our baby have the virus.

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Can Alcohol cause false positive tests?

Hi, In Sept of 2000 I donated blood...and received a notice that my blood showed Positive Anti-HBc..I understood since all other results were negative...that maybe it was a false positive..especially since i had been out drinking the night before don...

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Hep C and Toilet Water

I understand you cannot catch Hep C from a toilet seat, but can you catch it from toilet water splashing up upon your buttocks, especially if one has hemmorhoids or anal fissures. If the person preceeding you bled into the toilet water(either through...

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Hepatitis

I gave blood two weeks ago. I just received a letter saying that my alt levels were high. Does this mean that I have hepatitis?

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hepcandalcoholuse

My boyfriend was diagnosed with chronic hep c in 1991. At that time he gave up all use of alcohol. He had interferon treatment twice and a biopsy that revealed the beginning of cirrosis. He has been told that besides the existence of the virus in hi...