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Hepatitis B resuts --> Needs interpretation
Aug 23, 2009

Hi, I recently had Hepatitis B test and I know I am positive for Hepatitis B but I have no clue what are the rest of the test means.

Anti HAV IGM : Nonreactive Patient Count : 0.03 Cut-off Value : 0.50

Anti-HCV : Non Reactive

Anti HBC IGG : REACTIVE Patient's Count: 0.00 Cut-off Value : 1.00

Anti HBC IGM : REACTIVE Patient Count : 32 Cut-off Value : 10

Anti HBE : REACTIVE Patient Count : 0.00 Cut-off Value : 0.40

HBS AG : REACTIVE Patient Count : 42.47 Cut-off Value : 0.13

HBS AB : NONREACTIVE Patient Count : < 5 mUI/ml Cut-off Value : 5

HBE AG : NONREACTIVE Patient Count : 00.00 Cut-off Value : 0.10

Since I am Hepatitis positive, is there any way to treat it? What are the things I should do & should not do if ever I will change any lifestyle habit? Am I considered Acute or Chronic? Please Help.


Response from Dr. McGovern

Your IgM is reactive so this is acute HBV infection.

You will probably clear on your own but this needs careful follow-up testing to be sure. This will be known in about six months. I suspect you will do well since most adults clear (about 95%). Would avoid alcohol in the meantime to decrease any chance of liver injury.

You should not have unprotected sex or share needles or razors with anyone else while you may have high levels of hepatitis B virus in your blood. Your doctor probably offered hepatitis B immunization to your household and sexual contacts at the time of diagnosis. If not, I would still offer immunization to your household and sexual contacts who have not been immunized in the past.


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