Advertisement
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
Read Now: Expert Opinions on HIV Cure Research
   
Ask the Experts About

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


Failed vaccine or dropping antibodies level?
Sep 16, 2007

I completed my hep B vaccine a few years ago. Had a recent possible exposure but tested negative up to 12 weeks for both HIV and hep B. However, the hep B test also showed I am not immuned.

1) How common is it for for normal individuals not to respond to vaccination, or is it an indication that something is wrong?

2) Would you think that the vaccine failed right from the start or the antibodies level dropped to undetectable level within a few years?

3) Could I have gotten HIV recently and the virus caused the hep B antibodies level to drop to undetectable level? Does the HIV virus work this way?

Thanks!

Response from Dr. McGovern

You ask good questions. 1. It does happen. That is why we check surface antibody titers to be certain they work in persons at high risk (eg has a partner with HBV) 2. Either scenario could be possible. 3. Doubt that.



Previous
nurse with hep c
Next
Testing

  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

 Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS


 
Advertisement



Q&A TERMS OF USE

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 TheBody.com 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

Advertisement