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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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I have small bumps on my penis shaft. What could they be?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had a few small bumps or pimples on my penis shaft for the past two weeks. A few bumps are clustered together and two to three around it. They are shiny, round, painless and have a white spot in the center of them. They are not itchy and are skin colored when erect and white when t...  Read Full »


Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. This is molluscum contagiosum, which is a viral disease and spread by contact (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Contact can be sexual or nonsexual. But, in your case it is sexual as the molluscum is present in the genital area. It is STD (sexually tra...  Read Full »

Could my body itching be due to liver disease?

Query: Hello doctor, I have itching on my body since three days. It is not on one part. It happens in different parts of my body. I have a very fatty liver disease. Can it be related to the liver? I do not have any other symptoms of liver problem like yellow eyes. Can it be a sign of liver cirrhosis?  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Itching is a sign of obstructive jaundice only in case you are relating it to liver disease. Since you have got your ultrasound done, it would have shown signs of obstruction, if any. You need to find other causes of itching like thyroid disorder, diabetes, ...  Read Full »

What is the schedule for the hepatitis B vaccine?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a nursing student studying outside. I have just moved over from my hometown. Because I am doing nursing, the hepatitis B vaccine is required for occupational health. I received my first vaccine in January, followed by my second in February, from my own GP back home. He told me the nex...  Read Full »


Dr. Shobhit Shah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The schedule for the Hepatitis B vaccine is 0, 1, 6. For people at high risk, it is 0, 1, 2, and 6. It is usually three doses, including one booster dose, but for individuals at high risk of getting an infection, it is four doses, including the booster dose. Generall...  Read Full »

I fear contracting hepatitis. Should I get tested further?

Query: Hi doctor, I have attached my three medical test reports, of which, two are for HBV, and one result is for HCV. These results are almost six months old, and they were taken exactly after six months of potential exposure to these viruses. I have not had any symptoms in the past one year, but I unde...  Read Full »


Dr. Srivastava, Sumit

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the test reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Here is my interpretation. For hepatitis B surface antibody, a level less than five is considered negative, while a level more than 12 is considered protective. So, you have hepatitis B ant...  Read Full »

My son got scratched by a used blade. What are the risks?

Query: Hello doctor, Yesterday, my son went to a local salon for a haircut. He received small scratches on the neck while getting his haircut. I noticed that it was done with a used blade, which was not cleaned properly. Is there a risk of an HIV or other viral infection due to this? Please guide me.  Read Full »


Dr. Chandwadkar Ashish

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The likelihood of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) transmission, in this case, is 1 in 300. Firstly, you are not sure that the person, on whom the blade was used previously, was HIV positive. More importantly, HIV rarely survives in dried blood. So, in the case th...  Read Full »

I fear getting hepatitis B after protected sex. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 28-year-old male. I would like to describe the series of events to you and need your advice as I have been most disturbing post this event in my life. It has been eight months since my first ever sexual encounter, but I am still tensed and lost. I am too scared to get a blood te...  Read Full »


Dr. Noushif. M

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. From your detailed summary, I can understand how anxious and tense you are. Firstly, the lab tests you forwarded, including liver function tests, are absolutely normal (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Hepatitis B will not get spread by the activity...  Read Full »

When does a hepatitis antigen be considered 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 »

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 ...  Read Full »

Can Tenofovir or Entecavir be taken for hepatitis B?

Query: Hi doctor, I was diagnosed with hepatitis B about a year and a half ago. Can I take Tenofovir or Entecavir for it? Are there any antiviral prescriptions for me? The associated symptoms are extreme fatigue and dizziness.  Read Full »


Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have been diagnosed with hepatitis B around one and a half years ago. Now, you have to repeat HBsAg, ELISA testing to check whether you are HBsAg positive. If still HBsAg is positive, then you can be a carrier of it. Further tests need to be done as follows: H...  Read Full »

Please assess my mother's liver function tests and advise.

Query: Hello doctor, My 57-year-old mother was diagnosed with a hepatitis B infection two years, and she is under regular medications. We performed a liver function test last year, which revealed that her liver was in good shape. However, she was recently diagnosed with liver cirrhosis, caused by the vir...  Read Full »


Dr. Ajeet Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome you to icliniq.com. Unfortunately, the report is not satisfactory. The CT (computed tomography) scan and the raised alpha protein suggest that she has a tumor in the liver (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). Although the abdominal MRI (magnetic resonance imag...  Read Full »

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