Hep V vaccinated, + antibody/- core, then + core 2 yrs later??
Oct 13, 2010
Dear Dr. McGovern, I would appreciate your input to this confusing situation. I had a 3-vaccine HepB series years ago (health care worker), followed by a + antibody, negative core, negative antigen result. Very good, vaccine was successful. I recently was tested again and told my core antibody was + and surface antibody was + indicating prior infection. How can the core antibody become + in cases of prior surface antibodies? Partner is negative, no occupational exposure, no symptoms. Could this be a false positive? What tests do you suggest to sort this out?
Response from Dr. McGovern
I would just repeat it again. I agree that it doesn't make sense and maybe it is just someone else's result.
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