May 7, 2011
Recently dx with HBV, 25+ yr healthcare worker. Level was 1.88. Dr did not prescribe meds. What level would be considered chronic? What is the time frame from infection to a positive high lab value? Is it possible to pinpoint the "infection date"?
Response from Dr. McGovern
The only way to date the infection is if your hepatitis core IgM was positive - that would mean recent infection.
If your surface antigen remains positive for six months, you have chronic infection.
To see how active it is, in six months I would get HBV DNA testing to see if you are viremic (have virus in your blood). You will also need liver function tests.
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