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LAB results and doctor in San Jose, California
Feb 2, 2004

Dear Dr. DTD.

I was tested positive for hepatitis B in 1996 but I did not pay much attention until early last year when I had another blood test with my new family doctor. I was told that I'm a carrier with HBsAG positive, HBsAB negative and normal hepatic function but no other tests were performed (HBVDNA, HBeAG etc.) I had another 2 hepatic function tests within a year after that and it still show the liver functioning normal. I've read a lot of answers from you to the forum and asked my doctor about other tests but he said those are not necessary since my ALT is normal. I changed my primary physician to another one 3 weeks ago and requested to have HBeAG and HBVDNA tests. The test result was HBeAG - negative, HBVDNA quant. by PCR - not detected, HBeAB - positive and normal AFP (2.1/11). He told me that I'm not infectious to other and asked me to check every 6 months. My questions are:

1. Is it true that since HBeAB becomes positive, it will take over and clear the HBsAG and I' cured?

2. Can I ask my doctor to refer me to a liver specialist? If so, do you know any good one and San Jose, California?

Thank you very much.

Response from Dr. Dieterich

You are cured and I am glad you finally got a good doctor. You don't need a liver specialist. There is nothing to do except what you and your MD are doing. Keep up the good work! DTD



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