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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Should I consider fourth-generation HIV combo tests conclusive in me after four weeks of possible exposure?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a deep-mouth kiss with a sex worker, and now I am anxious about HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). I tested negative with the fourth generation combo test three weeks before. The combo test detects only HIV-1 p24 antigen, so shall I consider it conclusive for HIV-2? Or do I need...  Read Full »


Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. Kissing is generally not a risk factor for transmission of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) unless the saliva is contaminated with gross blood or there are open sores or ulcers in the oral cavity. Moreover, a fourth-...  Read Full »

I was diagnosed with hepatitis C with genotypes 1b and 2 last year. Should I continue my treatment?

Query: Hi doctor,I was diagnosed with hepatitis C last year but did not continue my treatment due to a financial crisis. However, when I did a viral load test last year, I was diagnosed with genotypes 1b and 2. Should I take treatment?  Read Full »


Dr. Mohammad Rajja

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.Yes, you should get treated as it is a severe condition. DAA (direct-acting antiviral) tablets are the safest and most effective medicines for treating hepatitis C. They are highly effective at clearing the infection in more than 90 % of people, with 95 % cure rates. The ta...  Read Full »

How long will it take to cure my mother, who is suffering from Hepatitis C?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother is 59 years old, with type 2 diabetes for the past 15 years. She is taking medications for diabetes, blood pressure and multivitamin Centrum Her diabetes and BP are under control. Before four months, she had severe vomiting, fever and body pain. We approached a hospital and did ...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your post and investigations (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your mother is having hepatitis C, which if untreated can lead to liver failure and the treatment success rate is 95 to 99 %. The status of liver disease can be assessed by two m...  Read Full »

Can I suffer from hepatitis C even if my hepatitis test reports are negative?

Query: Hello doctor, I recently had a complete lab test with my primary care provider in which my alanine transaminase (ALT) was 60 units per liter. My gamma globulin returned at 3.3 g/dL, and Sjogren's anti-SSA and anti-SSB levels were more than eight units per mL. The rheumatoid factor level was 34.2 IU ...  Read Full »


Dr. Mohamad Ali Rida

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I doubt you have hepatitis C because the test is negative. It is common to have Sjogren's syndrome with positive anti-SSA (Sjogren's syndrome A), anti-SSB (Sjogren's syndrome B), and rheumatoid factor (RF). It all depends on your symptoms. Do you experience dryness in ...  Read Full »

Does Hepatitis C cause bruising and abnormal sensations?

Query: Hello doctor, I have Hepatitis C. I got to know that I had it about a month ago. I noticed bruising on my leg but I have been drinking natural things and they have been working to clear it. I used to be tired all the time but now I have become able to do things. I have noticed a cooling sensation o...  Read Full »


Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query and understand your concern. First of all, the proper protocol for the treatment of Hepatitis C is to get HCV (hepatitis C virus) antibodies test, HCV RNA (hepatitis C virus ribonucleic acid) levels test, liver function tests and ultraso...  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 »

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. Khurana Vishal

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 »

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