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Whats The Soonest I Can Get A Hepatitis C Test
Locations: Often from community health center, private physician or hospital. ...Read more
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
What do you advise if i was tested positive to hepatitis b virus and the doctor told me to run a profile test and the result is as f?
Question cut off: please clarify. need more details (specifically, the full HBV profile). ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: These are two different tests that have to be ordered individually. ...Read more
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
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
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.
When is the soonest after exposure that you can test for Hepatitis B and C? What tests would detect these viruses soonest?
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
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
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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