Hello, I am hoping to get some insight on recent test results. I am a healthy 35 year old woman who underwent fertility treatment in the past couple of years. In 2010, my hepatitis B core antibody was negative, and my hep B surface antibody was positive (and surface antigen negative). This made sense, as I had received hepatitis vaccines as a child.
However, a new fertility clinic just rechecked my hep B labs, and told me the following:
Hep B surface antigen = non-reactive
**Hep B core AB total = REACTIVE
Hep BE antigen = non reactive
Hep B core antibody (IGM) = non reactive
Hep B surface antibody (quant) = 583
This is alarming to me, since I have no risk factors for developing a positive Hep B core antibody. My doctor thinks it's a false positive, but a repeat test showed the same result. My husband went and got tested but his hep B core was negative.
Does this mean that somehow I was exposed to Hep B through my fertility treatments?? Or could it still be a false positive?
Hi, thank you for your response. A test prior to 2010 also showed a negative Hep B core antibody, so I don't think the test in 2010 was false. My doctor mentioned something about cross-reactive antibodies and false positive. Could this be the case for the reactive Hep B core antibody?
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