Could someone please interpret these Hep B results for me?
I was diagnosed as a Hep B carrier when i was a child and am now 25 years old. I have had regular liver function tests done which have all been normal. Recently i visited a Endocrinologist with my friend who advised me to get a viral load count to check my status. After much pushing from my GP he finally did the tests for me and these are my results.
HepB Surface antigen: positive
Hep BsAg confirmation test: positive
Hep B core Igm antibodies: negative
Hep B core total antibodies: positive
I also had a Hep B Viral load count done and the result: <20 IU/ml (ranges between 20 to 170000000)
I am a litte confused about these results as my GP couldnt understand why my viral load isnt even detected on the test either and wasnt sure if that makes me a carrier due to basically a 0 viral count. I have tried to ring a Hepatitia hotline who also was baffled by my results too and couldnt help me so i have come here hoping for some advice.
My sister was diagnosed as not having HepB as a teenager so went on to have the vaccination done however years later she had a routine check for hepatitis as she was pregnant and was told that she had chronic hepatitis and needed treatment for her liver. 3 years later after she declined having treatment she got her liver checked and its back to normal levels. she has not had her hepatitus serology done since as she just assumed she would be a carrier for life.
So I would just like to know what these results mean as my own doctor couldnt answer me and he just ignores my concerns of it as he thinks i ask too many questions, i think. I would also just like to know if the results are correct and if my viral load is <20 what the chances of passing this on to my partner would be if he hasnt been vaccinated.
I really have no advice as I am very new to this...but I have to say this. Never ever be afraid to ask TOO MANY questions. We all have to be proactive with our own health and do our own research. Education is the key to success in all area of our lives. Dr.s to not have the time to learn everything...and all of our situations are individual as no two bodies can be exactly alike. Much luck in finding your answers
One other thing. I was very sick about two years ago with another problem and very fortunate to find a "naturopath" Dr. who treated me with unconventional medicine...nutrients...cleansing, etc. He also would spend close to an hour with me every time discussing everything to help me understand my condition and options. He was not against traditional medicine by the way....just had alternatives to offer or in conjunction with. I also went to my regular Dr. at the same time....but in the end chose the alternative path and glad I did. He was happy to work with me along with my regular Dr. He would look extensively at my blood work and explain everything to me. I will be seeing him again soon to look at my options.
I also had a Hep B Viral load count done and the result: <20 IU/ml
my god are these doctors or ritarded, the test says less than 20iu/ml because it cannot detect lower than 20, you have no hbvdna
my god they cannot read test results.....change ur doctor right away any person or nurse should understand the result
as long as hbvdna is und you are healthy carrier, the virus is there but make no liver damage, check every 3-6 motnhs
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