I was infected with hepatitis b in Feb or Mar of 2009. I was hospitalized in May 2009.
The first tests showed me to be positive for surface antigens, e antigens, core antibodies (both total and igm), and antibodies as well. My antibodies even tested to be at 5 times what is considered enough for immunity.
I continued to have blood test about every three weeks just monitor my liver functions. These labs showed a trend back to normal ranges over the next 4 months. I retested to see if my surface and e antigens at about six months from infection and those were still positive. At this time, however, my surface antibodies had dropped from 5 times immunity levels to half of what is considered immunity.
At about 7 months from infection and 9 months from diagnosis I retested again. All liver functions were normal. My surface antigens and e antigens were now negative and I was positive for e antibodies. My core antibodies were positive (total and igm). My surface antibodies had now dropped to less than 1 tenth of what is considered immunity. The lowest level yet and a long, long way from the first test.
My thoughts were that there must be mistakes at the lab. I decided to retest a few weeks later and got the same results again. Everything is what I wanted to see with exception of very low surface antibodies.
During much of this I came to this site to try and get some answers. Several of you told me that I had beaten the virus and that those numbers were no longer important. Negative surface antigens are the real marker of clearance. I was told something similar by the good folks at The Hepatitis B Foundation. However, there was one very knowledgeable person on this site that recommended that I continue to test for another six months just to be sure.
Last week I decided to test again. It is 14 months from diagnosis and 16-17 months from infection.
My liver functions are completely normal. AST was 22 and ALT was 28. My surface antigens were negative. My core antibodies, IGM was still positive. I kind of thought that would no longer be positive by this time but it is still positive and I have no idea what it could mean, if anything at all. My surface antibodies have now risen from their recent levels, however, I’m still only at one third of what is considered immune. So, while it has tripled over the last 6 months, it is still much lower than what is expected.
A big part of me is still very scared that I’m not immune or that I could infect someone. When this happened to me over a year ago I completed stopped having any contact with other people unless it was absolutely necessary. I couldn’t live with myself knowing I infected someone with this horrible disease. I have not even touched another human, much allow myself to have sex, since leaving the hospital over a year ago. This is getting to me mentally and emotionally.
I want to know, from all of you resident experts, what are my chances of getting this disease again? Is it possible for me to give this disease to anyone under any circumstances? Lets say for instance that I were to have unprotected sex (I won’t do that, this is purely hypothetical) with someone. Will they become infected? If the person is a known carrier of hep b will I become re-infected? Can I catch a different strain? Will the vaccine help me produce more antibodies and should I get it? Thank you very much for reading such a long post and for all responses?