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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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 »

Kindly review my mother's liver function report, and give your opinion on the need for a liver transplant.

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 ...  Read Full »


Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

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 reso...  Read Full »

What is the possibility of getting HIV infection from using a blood-stained towel of my neighbor?

Query: Hello doctor, I was drying my hands with a towel in a neighbor's house, and I noticed some bloodstains on the towel. My neighbor had a razor wound from shaving his face. I did not have any wounds in my hands, and also I rewashed my hands for approximately 5 to 10 seconds with soap after touchin...  Read Full »


Dr. N Ashok Viswanath

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your query. There is no need to worry if you do not have any open fresh wounds on your skin. Most blood-borne viruses like HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C are enveloped viruses that are rapidly destroyed by soap. Also, t...  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 »


Dr. Sumit Srivastava

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 »

Will there be any complications in the second pregnancy of a hepatitis-B-positive mother?

Query: Hi doctor, My wife has hepatitis B. She does not have any complications, but she always feels tired. She has already given birth once, and now she is pregnant again after two years. How many times can she get pregnant? Is there any risk involved in this pregnancy? Her doctor told that there is no ne...  Read Full »


Dr. Jimesh H Mavani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The best thing you can do is to check the viral load now. And according to the report, there will be a high or low risk of transfer. In the case of low risk, it is same as the first pregnancy. She can continue the pregnancy, but the baby should receive an immediate in...  Read Full »

My husband got hepatitis B. How to treat him?

Query: Hi doctor, My husband was diagnosed with hepatitis B. What will I do now?  Read Full »


Dr. Babu Lal Meena

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. When someone has hepatitis B, first we need to know about the status of liver and then we can plan for the treatment. Do anti-HBc IgM, HBeAg, Anti-HBe, HBV DANA quantification, LFT (liver function test), CBC (complete blood count) and AFP (alpha-fetoprotein), ultrasound ...  Read Full »

If a mother is positive for HBV surface antigen during pregnancy, will the child get hepatitis B?

Query: Hi doctor, I carried out a hepatitis test six months ago, which was negative. I also carried out another hepatitis test recently, in which the HBV surface antigen was positive, but on further testing, the HBc IgM and HBeAg tests were negative. I am currently a mess as I do not understand how this c...  Read Full »


Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The reports suggest (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) that you possibly have hepatitis B infection but do not have the IgM (immunoglobin) antibodies to fight it. This infection may be passed on to the child. The child will need to receive hepat...  Read Full »

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