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.
Copyright 1994-2016 MedHelp International. All rights reserved.
MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.