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Interpreting Hepatitis Screening Results
Feb 14, 2009

Hi,

Can you help me interpret what the following means:

HbsAg .556 (non-reactive) Anti-Hbs .20 (non-reactive) HbeAg .126 (non-reactive) Anti-Hbe 1.89 (non-reactive) Anti-HAV IgM .412 (non-reactive) Anti-HAV IGG .605 (reactive) Anti-HBcIgM .047 (non-reactive)

Thanks so much!

Response from Dr. McGovern

If a HbsAg (hepatitis B surface antigen) test is "non-reactive" then you do not have chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection.

If your anti-Hbs (hepatitis B surface antibody) test is non-reactive, then you are not protected against HBV infection. If you are at risk, you will want to discuss HBV immunization with your doctor. The vaccine is very effective.

If your anti-HAV (hepatitis A antibody) is positive, you were either vaccinated against hepatitis A in the past or had the infection in the past. HAV does NOT cause chronic liver disease.



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