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How come some people do not clear Hep B
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How come some people do not clear Hep B

Just wondering what are the factors why some people are not able to clear Hep B.  I keep reading how 90 to 95 percent of infected adults will clear the virus.  What happens with the 5 to 10 percent that they become chronic.  I'm just asking because I have been just diagnosed in the acute phase and scared.
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For children, for some reason the immune system tends to ignore the virus.  

For adults, the core class I epitope of the virus is picked up by the person's immune system and 95% of which will be able to defeat the virus.  For the other 5%, the virus core class I epitope is probably able to immune escape (mutate) and render our immune response pretty much useless.  Thus the virus wins and turns into a chronic infection.
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