Hep Be Antigen (-), Hep Be Antibody (+), what does it mean?
I have just recently received the following lab results:
Hepatitis B Surface Antigen - positive
Hepatitis Be Antigen - negative
Hepatitis Be Antibody - positive
I have been positive for the surface antigen for 23 yrs now. I know that this makes me somewhat infective. Further, I understand that if I were e antigen positive that I would be VERY contagious. Indeed, as a HCW, the CDC states that there are restrictions beyond Universal Precautions that are applicable if the HCW is e antigen positive (which I am not); specifically no "risk prone procedures." My confusion lies with the Hep Be Antibody. What does this mean? I would have thought its presence would be a good thing. Does it have any bearing on whether I am more or less infective? Does the Hep Be Ab presence make me more infective? (a non-MD told me that it does) Please assist me with clarification. Thank-you.
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