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Hep Be Antigen (-), Hep Be Antibody (+), what does it mean?
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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.
JSW
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I'm not sure if it makes you any less infectious but  the antibodies are good.  I have never heard of having the e-antibody making one more infectious.  Wait for more answers.
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