Hep B prevention and Atripla
Jan 4, 2011
My doctor had my hep B protection checked two years ago. Result was 9,8. He told me that at a number under 10 my vaccination should be renewed. Last week he had my antbodies checked again. The number was now 7,19. But he advised me that a renewed vacination wouldn't be necessary as my atripla would protect me against hep B. I don't feel comfortable with this advice. I definitely don't want hep B and renewal of my vaccination seems the most secure way to go. What is your advice? Thanks for your response and all the work you do for us at the Body! Best wishes, Bert
Response from Dr. McGovern
Your doctor is correct in pointing out that Atripla has activity against the hepatitis B virus. Two drugs within Atripla - emtricitabine and tenofovir - have dual activity against HBV and HIV. However, these two drugs are used to treat active chronic HBV infection. I don't know of any studies to see how effective they are in preventing HBV infection.
Since your surface antibody levels are near protective, I suspect a single booster dose would be all that you might need. After one dose, I would get a surface antibody level about two weeks later to be certain it worked.
Also be certain to be protected against hepatitis A with immunization if you have never been exposed.
Stay well! I am happy to know that you are looking out for all the ways to protect yourself from various infections. Also get checked for HCV antibody to know your status....
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