Tests For Hepatitis

Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver, often due to viral infections, such as hepatitis A, B, and C, but in some cases, medications, drugs, toxins, and alcohol too cause it. Initially, a physical examination is done. Blood tests using liver function tests and complete blood count are taken to evaluate the signs of viral infection in the body. A liver biopsy and liver ultrasound are also done to diagnose it. For diagnosing hepatitis B, there are three screening tests - hepatitis B surface antigen test, hepatitis B core antibody test, and hepatitis B antibody test.

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Can you please suggest some tests for managing hepatitis B disease?

Query: Hi doctor, I have tested hepatitis B positive two years back. I have not done any tests after that. Could you please advise me what all tests I should take for managing the hepatitis B disease? Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. I suggest you get the following tests for evaluation purposes: HbeAg (hepatitis B e-antigen), HbeAb (hepatitis B e antibody), hepatitis D antibody, liver function tests, creatinine, HBV-DNA PCR (hepatitis B virus-deoxyribonucleic acid polymerase...  Read Full »

When would a hepatitis antigen be considered as 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 »

What kind of muscle pain is associated with ARS?

Query: Hi, I am a 31 year old male. About 38 days before I had sex with a CSW (Commercial Social Worker). It was protected vaginal sex and protected oral sex. Also there were deep throat kisses which lasted almost a minute. I am not sure if the condom was torn during the intercourse.  Since last 3 weeks ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sidharth Sonthalia

Answer: Hi,  Welcome to icliniq.com. Based upon your history, my answer to your questions: 1. Are My Symptoms Related to ARS? Acute Retroviral Syndrome (ARS) typically begins 7-14 days after the exposure to a HIV positive patient, and may last for up to 3-4 months. The symptoms are typically "flu-l...  Read Full »

I am worried about HIV or other STDs after unprotected sex. What can I do?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 33 year old male, who had unprotected sex yesterday. I was drunk, but now, I am worried about HIV or any STDs for that matter. I do not have medical access for the next three months, as I am on a ship. If I express my apprehensions, it may cost me my job. I do have Lamivudine and ...  Read Full »


Dr. Ravinder Kaur Sachdeva

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. We do not know the HIV status (human immunodeficiency virus) of the person with whom you had sex and also your baseline HIV status, the other thing you mentioned that you do not have medical access for next three months. Considering the availability of only La...  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 »

Kindly suggest ways to overcome sex addiction.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a sex addict. How to overcome this? I do lots of sexual activities on a daily basis, which gives me pleasure and I get tired soon because of that. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Shazia Anjum

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your complaint, but the history is not enough to tell you any suggestion. So, I would like to ask you a few questions, so that I can decide whether you need any treatment or not. What kind of sexual activities you are doing? How many times in a day you do that? ...  Read Full »

Can you please tell me what is wrong with my liver?

Query: Hi doctor, I am having some pain in my back. The same thing happened a year before and it was diagnosed to be some liver infection. I had Liv 52 at that time and it got cured. I have attached my recent reports for your reference. Please help with my suffering.  Read Full »


Dr. Naresh Kumar Monigari

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I had gone through all the reports posted (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You have chronic hepatitis and we need to find out the cause for that. Chronic hepatitis may progress to cancer and so evaluation is important. Kindly get an ultrasound abdomen...  Read Full »

Are 29 weeks HBsAg, HBcAb and hepatitis C antibody test results conclusive?

Query: Hello doctor, What is the conclusive timeline for hepatitis B and C testing? I have done the following tests. 1. Normal ALT and AST at 12 weeks post possible infection. 2. HBsAg at 15 weeks post possible infection. 3. HBsAg, HBcAb and HBsAb at 22 weeks post possible infection. 4. Hepatitis C an...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Normal bilirubin, as well as, normal ALT (alanine aminotransferase), and AST (aspartate aminotransferase), do not warranty that a person cannot have hepatitis B and C infection. A person infected with hepatitis B and C can have normal liver function tests. In a norma...  Read Full »

What does it mean if I tested positive for hepatitis C?

Query: Hello doctor,I am hepatitis C positive with IgM + IgG of 14.2. This test was conducted five years ago. What is the significance of this? I have full medical test including LFT from two months back including sonography where things were normal. Do I need to worry about this? Does it require a treatme...  Read Full »


Dr. Noushif M

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You need to get the hepatitis C quantitative assay (RNA level) done and need to get treatment depending upon that. There is no need to worry. Your other labs are fine (attachment removed to protect patient identity). But please be under the strict follow-up of a nea...  Read Full »

Please interpret my blood chemistry report.

Query: Hi doctor, I have a blood chemistry result. Can you give me interpretation?Also explain what is the next step? Thank you.  Read Full »


Dr. Naresh Kumar Monigari

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I had gone through all your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Most of the reports are normal like, complete blood picture, FBS - fasting blood sugar and urine routine. Some of them needs attention, so I am commenting on them. In lipid profile LD...  Read Full »

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