Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a viral liver infection caused by the Hepatitis C virus. This virus spreads when contaminated blood enters an uninfected person's bloodstream. The symptoms include easy bruising, poor appetite, jaundice, dark urine, pale stools, abdominal pain, and itchy skin.

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Is it fine to stop with 8 weeks course of treatment for hepatitis C?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 40 years old. I was diagnosed with hepatitis C 16 years before while donating blood. No allopathy treatment was taken till last month. My liver function tests are monitored regularly. Most of the time, the result will be elevated SGOT and SGPT of 200 and 300, respectively. But, it d...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. We are here to help you. I would highly recommend continuing the medicine for 12 weeks at least. You are fortunate that your viral load is undetectable just with these medicines. Most people with hepatitis C require six to 12 months with Interferon treatment. So, le...  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 »


Dr. Vishal Khurana

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 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 »

My urine color remains yellow for a year. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I used to get mouth ulcers and throat infections frequently for one and half month, then my chest, back, and palm started itching. After which, I started getting blood in urine, and burning sensation during urination. My urine color changed to yellow, and it started to smell a lot. I hav...  Read Full »


Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your history and complaints are suggestive of UTI (urinary tract infection), either resolved or partially treated. The color of urine is not a factor in deciding the status of the infection. Most people have an inherent tendency for yellow colored urine, which has noth...  Read Full »

Why is my test still reactive even after taking treatment for syphilis?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 37 year old married female. Five years ago, I got a job offer in abroad. When I had a medical checkup, I was found to be positive for VDRL and TPHA reactive. But, my husband's result was nonreactive. I took medicine as advised by my doctor. Now, when I went for a checkup, again t...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Firstly, VDRL (venereal research laboratory test) test usually becomes negative after successful treatment. However, TPHA - Treponema pallidum hemagglutination assay will remain positive throughout life. Positive TPHA just indicates that you have developed antibodies ...  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 »


Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

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 wit...  Read Full »

What are the causes for increased AST and ALT?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 49 years old with a weight of 97 kgs. I am feeling fatigued, weakness and uneasy, and sometimes, I feel shortness of breath, no pain anywhere. I have allergy issues with an IgE level higher around 900 or 1000. whenever I test, I found higher triglycerides. Following are the recent ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. High triglycerides are a matter of concern. It is the kind of fat that accumulates in vessels and, therefore, risk of hypertension, diabetes, and other heart diseases as well. As we can see, your systolic blood pressure is on the borderline to hypertension, but diastoli...  Read Full »

Will TB treatment affect my HIV test results?

Query: Hi doctor, I had unprotected sex before 1.5 years. I was in deep mental stress after that with no proper food. After seven months, I got admitted to a hospital with skin rashes, headache and vomitings. Doctors tested and confirmed that I got meningitis TB and given treatment for 10 days. I was asked...  Read Full »


Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Unprotected sexual exposure is a risk factor for multiple STDs (sexually transmitted disease), including HIV. However, the risk is quite low ranging from 0.02 to 0.04%. HIV infection has a window period of one to three months during which the test results can be false ...  Read Full »

Can you get hepatitis C if condom tears during vaginal sex?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a question about hepatitis C. I had vaginal sex with a condom, but unfortunately, the condom was torn during the sex, and I stopped it. Is there any possibility for me to get hepatitis C in this way? (Actually, I do not know her). I have tested for HCV blood test 60 days after ex...  Read Full »


Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I want to know which test did you do to check hepatitis C? If this was a high quantitative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test and if it was negative, then you are completely safe. If it was an antibody test and was negative, then I suggest confirming with a quanti...  Read Full »

I have diarrhea and flu for more than ten days after trying Cocaine. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am concerned as I tried cocaine 10 days ago. I used a bank note to snort it but did not share the note with anyone. There was no visible blood, etc. on the note. I had a cut in one of my nostrils and had an open wound. I was feeling unwell before this, but then got flu and cold a day...  Read Full »


Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infection is spread through the exchange of body fluids. Dried blood stains cannot transmit the virus. Artificial things, such as notes in your case cannot help to serve as a focus of infection as the virus cannot survive. You can be ...  Read Full »

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