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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I am a bi-curious male who had exposure to blood. What are my risks of HIV or HCV?

Query: Hello doctor, Unfortunate is that I am a bicurious male who encountered a possible exposure to blood (environmental exposure). Being my first male to male exposure, I was not very sure to engage in anal sex and I just tried inserting and I am sure even I was not too hard enough to penetrate when I t...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Since the blood was on the outside of the condom, therefore, it was almost certainly not in direct contact with your penis. Your screening tests are negative on multiple occasions and they are conclusive. A negative Combo test (Anti HIV antibody test and P24Ag test) ...  Read Full »

After my haircut with a trimming machine, I had a mild burning sensation on my scalp. Is there any chance of a hepatitis C infection?

Query: Hello doctor,A few weeks back, while I was having a haircut at my salon, the hairdresser used a trimming machine after cleaning the trimming machine with a brush. While he was trimming my hair at the backside, he noticed I had a minor skin allergy on the scalp, but he continued the hair trimming. Wh...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.Hepatitis C virus (HCV) can spread by infected razors but whether the razor or trimmer was infected is a question. The risk with trimmers is very low, and it is impossible to transmit the HCV by trimmer unless it has infected blood over it that was not dried. So you can ...  Read Full »

Is my weight loss due to hepatitis B?

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 »

I have itching on different parts of my body. Is it a sign of liver cirrhosis?

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 »

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 t...  Read Full »

I had protected intercourse with a different girl. What test do I need to take?

Query: Hi doctor, I went to another country for a trip. There I had a soapy massage involving naked body-to-body massage, blow job (with a condom), and touching private parts with hands but no intercourse. After a few days, I had intercourse (with a condom) with a different girl. After six days of potenti...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 1. There are no chances for any change in test results if you go for the same—no need to retest.2. No hepatitis C, but hepatitis B needs to be tested. Both by ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay):-HBsAg.Anti.HCV (hepatitis C virus). When you get the test results, c...  Read Full »

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 »

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 »

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