|hep a,b and c
May 25, 2013
i have hep c cronic and got test back saying im possitive for hep b sur ab and positive anti-hep c ab i dont know what it means please help with some info.
Response from Dr. Taylor
The hepatitis B surface antibody is good news. It means you do not have hep B but are protected against hep B.
The positive anti-hep c ab means that you have been exposed to hepatitis C. It sounds as though beyond this you have been told that you are making hep C virus in your liver cells and thus have chronic hepatitis C. This antibody (ab) is a protein your body makes in response to being exposed to the virus. If you get treated and cured of hep C, the antibody will remain detectable in your blood for life even if you have been cured of the infection. It does not protect against a new or what is called re-infection.
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