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Hepatitus Be Antigen and Antibody
Feb 21, 2005

Hello Dr. McGovern, Can you please explain the difference between Hepatitus Be Antigen and Hepatitus Be Antibody? What lab result for both of these will my Gastroentrologist like to see? Thank you for your time and response.

Response from Dr. McGovern

For hepatitis B testing, both are important to know about. Hep B e antigen is the protein that the virus is making. Hep B e antibody is the protein that your immune response is making to the presence of foreign antigen.

The presence of E antibody suggests the possibility that you are less infectious to others than if you did not have e antibody.

Dr. McGovern



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