Apr 14, 2013
PLEASE explain! HEP A IGM RESULT: Negative HEP A TOT AB RESULT: Positive HEP B SURFACE AB: Negative
Response from Dr. Taylor
You are protected against hepatitis A. You did not have a recent hepatitis A infection.
You are not protected against hepatitis B. From these results I cannot tell if you have this infection, were exposed only, or are susceptible (do not have the virus but could catch it) and should be vaccinated.
The next best blood test for you is hepatitis B surface antigen. If the surface antigen is negative, you should get vaccinated to prevent catching hepatitis B. If it is reactive, you have hepatitis B and should be evaluated by a doctor.
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