|HBc positive and HBs negative
Jan 2, 2001
Dear Dr. Dieterich, I completed my 3 HB vaccinations two month ago. 30 days later, a test showed a sufficient concentration of HBs antibody in my blood according my nurse. However, last week (about 70-80 days after the last vaccination) another test by "red cross" showed that I am HBc antibody positive and HBs antibody negative, because of that, my donated 500 ml blood was discarded. Can you explain if such a situation can happen? and if so, what is the significance of the results?
Thanks you for any answers.
| Response from Dr. Dieterich
That means that you probably already had HBV and have cleared the infection on your own, presuming of course that you are HBSAg negative and e Ag negative. If you were only tested for HBSAb, and were negative and not for HBCAb, before then that would explain what happened. Sounds like you are fine, stay that way!DTD
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