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hepatitis b status
please could yo explain my lab result, I am curious

Hepatitis B surface antigen =  reacetive

antibody to Hepatitis B surface antigen = reactive


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hi comsouls

pls note that i am neihter a physician nor hep expert.
but here my opinion:

- your positive (=reactive) HBV surface antigen result indicates present infection with Hepatitis B (=HBV)

- however, your positive HBV surface antibody result indicates that you seem to be mounting immune response to HBV

it might be that you are in an acute infection and might recover. (did you have a risk recently?). The chances of recovery from HBV are VERY high, and your antibody response is quite encouraging (as far as i know, chronic HBV carriers usually do not have those protective surface antibodies)

So, to determine for sure what is going on you need to do the following

* consult Hepatologist or infectious disease doctor.
* he/she might order additional tests:
- HBV core antigen and antibody tests (core antigen needs to go down!)
- HBV-e antigen and antibody tests (e-antigen needs to go down!)
- HBV DNA test (viral load, needs to go down as well)
- exact level of your HBV surface titer. If it is higher than 1000, you'll be immune against Hep-B.

in case you are in acute stage, i wish you a speedy recovery. In case it becomes chronic, be assured that there is good treatment available, and make sure that you get a good hepatologist. --> So, try to relax and follow doctors orders.

best wishes
Joachim
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