hepatitis B test results
Oct 13, 2012
dear doctor, my fiancee tested positive for hep b and would like help interpreting the results. Liver function test total proteins 8.2 albumin 3.6 gamma gt 18 alk phos 154 ast 45 bilirubn-direct 0.5 bilirubin total 0.8 alt 18
hep b profile hbsag positive hbsab negative hbeag positive hbeab negative hbcab positive what do you think its the best thing to do now.
Response from Dr. Taylor
These results indicate that your fiancé has hepatitis B virus infection. You will want to know more about the virus in the blood (HBV DNA), and ALT levels over time, and discuss with your doctor. There are many good treatments for hepatitis B. Decisions to treat are based on a number of factors including the HBV DNA blood test results, ALT levels and presence or absence of HIV co-infection. It is important to cut down on and ideally stop smoking and using alcohol with hepatitis B infection, and to get vaccinated against hepatitis A if not already immune.
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