|differance between HAV antibodies and HAV IgM
Jan 13, 2013
Can u explain tha differance between HAV antibodies and HAV IgM and also expalin if HAV antiboy is positive and HAV IgM is negative How?
| Response from Dr. Taylor
The total antibody tells us if a person has been exposed to hepatitis A and if a person has had hepatitis A but does not tell us when this infection existed. The IgM tells us if the infection is current/recent.
The HAV antibody is positive and HAV IgM negative when the hepatitis A infection is not a current or recent infection but was present in the past.
Hepatitis A goes away on its own after the acute/active illness, and does not remain as an ongoing, chronic infection. No medications to treat the virus specifically are needed. Typically there is no long-term damage to the liver.
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