HBsAg, otherwise called Australian antigen, is a surface antigen of HBV (hepatitis B virus). It is used as a diagnostic test, as the presence of HBsAg in the blood indicates current hepatitis B infection.
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What causes a rise in liver enzymes?
Query: Hello doctor, Today I took blood test and found out that triglycerides, aspartate transaminase and alanine aminotransferase are high. One week back, I had taken Liv.52 DS, triphala and bael. Shall I continue them? Or should take any other medicine? I have attached my medical reports. Kindly check th... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. According to your reports (attachments removed to protect patient identity), your triglyceride levels are absolutely normal. Yes, your liver enzymes are raised which requires evaluation of the cause. Most common causes of such liver derangements are alcohol,... Read Full »
I had a routine test done for all STDs and got a positive hepatitis B test result. How to get it treated?
Query: Hi doctor, I was hoping to find out more about the results of my most recent hepatitis B test. I underwent a routine test for all sexually transmitted diseases and one of my results for hepatitis B was positive. After a month, I repeated the test because I thought the results may be negative.The doc... Read Full »
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Answer: Hi, Welcome to the icliniq.com. There is no reason to be worried because your hepatitis B surface antigen is negative. However, you might be anti-hepatitis antibody positive, which is not investigated in your report (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). So your body is trying to ... Read Full »
How does the hepatitis B virus spread?
Query: Hello doctor, I want to know about Hepatitis B virus. I have been affected by this disease. Is it a contagious disease? Can others use the things which I use? Can others drink water with my used glass? How does this virus spread? In people who have already taken hepatitis B virus vaccine, is there... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Hepatitis B virus is transmitted through sexual contact with an infected person and through blood, mucous membranes, and wounds. Yes, other persons can use your things and drink water from your glass if they do not have any injury. You should not have sexual contact with ... Read Full »
Can genital warts appear above the pubic area?
Query: Hi doctor, Do genital warts appear above the pubic area? I have attached the picture for your reference. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Genital warts over the pubic area is a common presentation of the advent and use of condoms. As condoms provide protection to the genitalia, the incidence is lower in such sites. However, the skin over the pubic area remains unprotected and can come in contact with the ... Read Full »
I am HBV positive. What are the chances that I will completely get rid of it within six months?
Query: Hello doctor,I am 28 years old. I had my blood test done last month. HBV was negative. When tested again 53 days later, it came out to be positive. Do I have acute or chronic? Are all HBV acute for the first six months? What are the chances that I will completely get rid of it within six months? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. If your HBsAg was positive on the second occasion, but negative 53 days before that, you have acute Hepatitis B infection. Most of the time, HBsAg is discovered incidentally. It is not common for Hepatitis B to be diagnosed in the acute phase. More than 90 % of patie... Read Full »
Does viral hepatitis spread sexually even after getting vaccinated?
Query: Hello doctor, My 26 year old cousin is suffering from viral hepatitis since the last two years. If he marries, will he transfer the disease to his wife even if she is already vaccinated against hepatitis? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. What I understand is that your cousin is suffering from chronic hepatitis. It is commonly chronic hepatitis B or chronic hepatitis C. If his wife is vaccinated and her anti-HBs levels are sufficient, she will not contract an infection from him. But there is ... Read Full »
What medicines can be taken for grade 3 fatty liver?
Query: Hello doctor,My mother's reports are as follows: She has a grade 3 fatty liver. SGPT and SGOT are also not normal. What should we do now? I need suggestions on what to eat and drink. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your mother is diagnosed with a grade 3 fatty liver and deranged liver enzymes. The first thing is to know the cause of her fatty liver. Viral markers like HBsAg and anti-HCV antibodies must be done. Lipid profile, thyroid profile, and random blood sugar should b... Read Full »
When would a hepatitis antigen be considered as positive?
Query: Hello doctor, Recently, a friend said he was hepatitis antigen reactive, whose titer was 37.46/34.29. His doctor suggested a confirmatory test. At what level would the antigen be assumed to be positive? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your friend is tested to be positive for hepatitis B in the pre-employment screening. It is very common to see an HBsAg (hepatitis B surface antigen) positive result in a screening. Hepatitis B infection remains asymptomatic for decades, silently causing damage to th... Read Full »
Can you interpret the test results of my annual health check-up?
Query: Hello doctor, As part of a corporate health check up, I had undergone liver function test, USG abdomen with pelvis and lipid profile. The impression in the USG was mild hepatomegaly with grade-II fatty changes. I have attached the reports. In LFT the total bilirubin was 1.41, direct bilirubin 0.43,... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity) show that you have fatty liver with deranged LFT (liver function test). Do u drink alcohol? What is ur body weight and height? You need the following tests to be done: HBsAg Anti-HCV You can discuss with yo... Read Full »
What is the treatment for HbsAg carrier?
Query: Hello doctor, I am an HBsAg carrier, and I want to travel abroad for a job. I came to know about my status during a medical checkup, and after that, I got my complete blood test done. I am scared after reading about it on the internet. I have attached my test reports for your better understanding. ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for your query. I have seen your report (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You are HBsAg (hepatitis B surface antigen) positive, but your liver function tests are normal, which is a good thing. It would take 6 to 8 weeks for the viral serology to im... Read Full »