Hepatitis B Virus

Hepatitis B virus is transmitted through infected body fluids like blood, vaginal secretions, and semen, and causes hepatitis B. The symptoms include tiredness, yellowish discoloration of skin and sclera, abdominal pain, dark urine, fever, and joint pain.

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My 8-year-old daughter, following all vaccination schedules, is showing symptoms of hepatitis B. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,My daughter is eight years old and has been given all the vaccines that the doctor has suggested. But, now, since yesterday, she is showing strange symptoms. So, I searched online to find them, and it says she may have hepatitis B. Can you help me know what the hepatitis B treatment gui...  Read Full »

Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Kindly elaborate on the symptoms that you described as strange. Usually, in the vaccination schedule, hepatitis B vaccination is also one of the vaccines. If so, it is unlikely to be a hepatitis B infection, which spreads by parenteral or sexual route. However, for hep...  Read Full »

I used only one pair of gloves and a respirator mask during extraction for a hepatitis patient. Should I be concerned?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a newly graduated dentist. I did an extraction for a patient using one pair of gloves and respirator with mask in the absence of my senior. Later, I came to know that the patient has an history of acute hepatitis. Should I be concerned? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.The chance of parenteral spread is almost nil since you have taken preventive measures.Follow the below steps;1. I suggest 1 ml booster dose if you are vaccinated for hepatitis B during childhood.2. If not, I suggest two doses of 10 mcg/ml hepatitis B vaccine at a month apa...  Read Full »

Can you please suggest some tests for managing hepatitis B disease?

Query: Hi doctor, I have tested hepatitis B positive two years back. I have not done any tests after that. Could you please advise me what all tests I should take for managing the hepatitis B disease? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. I suggest you get the following tests for evaluation purposes: HbeAg (hepatitis B e-antigen), HbeAb (hepatitis B e antibody), hepatitis D antibody, liver function tests, creatinine, HBV-DNA PCR (hepatitis B virus-deoxyribonucleic acid polymerase...  Read Full »

What precautions should I take to prevent transmission of hepatitis B to my partner?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 24 year old male, and I want to ask few questions regarding my condition. I am a dental student. When I was in the ninth standard, I was diagnosed with hepatitis B. The doctor performed many tests, like PCR (negative), HBsAg (positive), HBeAg (negative), and ALT (normal). I have he...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, vertical transmission and sexual transmission of hepatitis B virus are possible. Vertical transmission usually occurs due to close contact of father's body fluids with a newborn child. So, avoiding close contacts will help. In precautions, vaccination for the sp...  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 »

Dr. Chandra Prakash Tanwar

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 some risk f...  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 »

Dr. Chandra Prakash Tanwar

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 »

What is the possibility of getting a hepatitis B infection from sharing a toothbrush?

Query: Hello doctor,I used my friend's toothbrush. I wanted to know about the risks of getting a hepatitis B infection from it. My gums bleed sometimes, but not often. How much blood would need to be on the tooth brush for me to be affected? I did not see it on the brush. I am just being paranoid and I do...  Read Full »

Dr. Purva Jingar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is not hepatitis B you need to worry about. But, there is a chance of getting her bacteria in your mouth. Do not overthink. It is a normal gum bleed caused due to poor oral hygiene. Wish you good health and happiness. Keep me updated with the improvements. Regards...  Read Full »

How to protect myself from STD?

Query: Hello Doctor, I am a 33 year old unmarried, healthy male. I have a steady girlfriend with whom I have sex regularly, as well as casual one night stands with other girls. I always practise safe sex, i.e, a) always use a condom b) never have uncovered oral sex (c) never have anal sex (d) always keep ...  Read Full »

Dr. Amit Arora

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I appreciate that you are very much conscious and alert while having sex and take all preventive measures. 1. Kissing can spread some diseases only if the other partner is infected .These diseases spread through saliva . There are so many diseases which spread through ...  Read Full »

Could you please explain to me the HIV RNA PCR test report?

Query: Hello doctor, I have done the RNA PCR test (viral load test) done from a lab here. I am attaching the report. Kindly let me now the status of the report.  Read Full »

Dr. Sumit Srivastava

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your report (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The report suggests that you have a negligible amount of hepatitis B viral load and the interpretation is negative. It means that you do not need medication for treatment. Only symptomati...  Read Full »

Can HBV be transmitted by contact with an infected person's saliva or blood with intact skin?

Query: Hello doctor,I have heard that HBV can be found and transmitted through saliva. Can it be transmitted by accidentally coming in contact with the infected person's saliva that is sprayed while speaking and through a little amount of blood that comes in contact with intact and healthy skin?Thanks.  Read Full »

Dr. N. Ashok Viswanath

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.Hepatitis B virus can be seen in the saliva of infected individuals. It can spread only if the infected person's saliva containing visible blood comes in contact with fresh wounds like a laceration. It will not cause infection when it comes in contact with lips or intact...  Read Full »

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