The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App 
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
Ask the Experts About

Hepatitis and HIV CoinfectionHepatitis and HIV Coinfection
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

Hepatitis B results
May 17, 2002

Dear doctor I just got my Hepatitis B results and I need help understanding it. Hep B Sur Ag - positive Hep B Sur Ab - negative Hep B e Ag - negative Anti Hep Be Ab - positive Anti Hep C Ab - negative

AST (SGOT) - 27 U/L ALT (SGPT) - 19 U/L

I also want to know from this result can you tell whether or not it's acute or chronic. Also, can you tell if I contracted this recently or a long time ago.

Thank for your time.

Response from Dr. Fried

You have the blood profile of an inactive HBsAg carrier of hepatitis B. HBV DNA testing would be additional supporting evidence, it should be very low or undetectable depending on the test used. This is a chronic infection, likely acquired in the distant past but without knowing previous blood tests and history, one cannot tell for certain. Continued periodic follow-up (at least every 6 months or so) with your healthcare professional is important to make sure the HBV does not become active again and that no additional complicatiosn develop.


  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary



This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.

Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint