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Dr. Robert Rahimi
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Hep C (Definition)

A viral infection that effects the liver that can result in chronic disease, liver failure, and ...Read more


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Can u get a "false"positive twice for hep c when getting your blood tested?

Can u get a "false"positive twice for hep c when getting your blood tested?

Probably not: Positive antibody to hep c does not mean active disease, a viral load should be ordered to confirm it, if hep c antibody is positive twice and negative viral load may mean that you were exposed to the virus but you get rid of it. ...Read more

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I had a hepatitis C ab test and I don't know how to read the results?

I had a hepatitis C ab test and I don't know how to read the results?

+ or -: It's either reactive or not. If not reactive then you don't have hcv. If reactive you might have hcv. ...Read more

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Where can I get test for hepatitis?

Where can I get test for hepatitis?

Primary care doctor: Hepatitis a (food-borne), b and c (transmitted by blood and body fluids) are all detected with a blood test. Your primary care doctor can do these tests for you. ...Read more

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What to do if I had test for hepatitis b and the result was?

See a liver doc: I am not sure what you mean but assuming you are positive for hepatitis B surface antigen which means you have active hepatitis B. If this is the case, see a liver specialist (hepatologist) so other lab tests can be checked to determine if you need to be on medicines to control your hepatitis B. Your doctor will determine if you need a liver biopsy based on your lab results. ...Read more

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What can I do so my first hepatitis C test is positive and one negative?

What can I do so my first hepatitis C test is positive and one negative?

What tests?: A person may have a postive result to antobodies to hep c but be negative for a nucleic acid test for hep c if there is no persistent infection with the virus. ...Read more

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If i had a recent exposure to hepatitis C what kind of blood test can I ask my doctor to order which will show results the fastest?

If i had a recent exposure to hepatitis C what kind of blood test can I ask my doctor to order which will show results the fastest?

A few things: The first is a routine antibody screen. If this is positive, then genetic typing of the virus (guides type of treatment). Then a hep c pcr to quantitate the amount of virus in your body. A liver function panel is also needed. A new test for liver fibrosis called the hep c fibrosure is an excellent non-invasive way to determine liver fibrosis without biopsy. Finally, a cea, AFP and a RUQ us. ...Read more

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Hepatitis c is a silent disease, so when do you think I should go for a hepatitis C test?

Hepatitis c is a silent disease, so when do you think I should go for a hepatitis C test?

Not routine: Hepatitis testing, unless you have risk factors, is not a recommended routine test at this time. If you want to be tested, i recommend donating blood at your local red cross, and they will test you for free as part of the donating process. ...Read more

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Can I get rid of hepatitis b virus if I get a liver transplant?

Can I get rid of hepatitis b virus if I get a liver transplant?

You can suppress it.: After liver transplant for hepatitis b, most patients will keep any remaining hepatitis b virus suppressed by taking anti-viral medications. Whereas in the1990's hepatitis b always recurred in the transplanted liver leading to eventual graft failure, today that almost never happens. This is one of the great successes in medicine and transplantation over the last 20 yrs. ...Read more

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How soon can I get tested for hepatitis C if I took chances?

Took chances?: I'm not sure what you meant by taking chances. That aside, if a healthy person is exposed to hepatitis c and becomes infected with it, blood tests can often detect the new infection within 2 to 4 weeks following the exposure (hepatitis c RNA and liver enzymes). If a new infection is detected early, with current drug treatment, the chance of cure from hepatitis c is well over 90%. ...Read more

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If i test HIV positive from a prick test could it come back negative if i take a second test what i wanna know is how acurate is the prick test.

If i test HIV positive from a prick test could it come back negative if  i take a second test    what i wanna know is how acurate is the prick test.

Very accurate: It is considered over 99% accurate. The likelihood of a second test coming back negative is fairly low; however, depending on whether the test is able to do a confirmatory or not, you may want to get a blood test so that you can confirm the elisa with a western blot. ...Read more

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Can I get a hepatitis a vaccine pregnant?

Can I get a hepatitis a vaccine pregnant?

Yes: Yes, you can get a hepatitis a vaccination during pregnancy. The safety of this vaccination has not been determined, however, it is not a live virus. The general consensus is that it is safe. I strongly recommend the hep a and b vaccine if your risk of possible exposure is high. An infection during pregnancy is definitely more harmful than the vaccination. ...Read more

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How long after getting a cadaver graft do I have to wait for a home test to detect possible hepatitis b and c? Is there a 3 month wait like HIV?

How long after getting a cadaver graft do I have to wait for a home test to detect  possible hepatitis b and c? Is there a 3 month wait like HIV?

Probably no need: The cadaver graft source surely was tested and the graft wouldn't have been used unless negative for all these viruses. If testing is really needed for some reason, the wait for accurate HIV test is 4-8 weeks, depending on which test is done; 3 months is old news. For hepatitis B and C, it's 6-12 weeks, depending on risk. Discuss all this with your doctor. ...Read more

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What is a c. diff infection and how do you get it?

What is a c. diff infection and how do you get it?

C. Diff: C. Diff= clostridium dificile. This is a common organism that may inhabit the Gi tract. It causes disease when there is a shift in the flora and it produces a toxin that causes small ulcers and death of the surface cells. Traditionally, antibiotics that destroyed "good" flora as well as infection were blamed, but now many other things lead up to the change. ...Read more

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