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Feb 8, 2014

Hi doctor hope ur fine.recently i got my blood tests,i am told that i am carrier of hepatitis "B",is that true,my tests reports are as follows; HB surface antigen possitive HBe anti gen,negative, HBe anti body possitive, LFT,within normal range HBV DNA ,detected with 99% sensetivity and 99% specificity, Dr,i hope u; will help me under stand my blood tests reports,properly,thanks in advace and regards.

Response from Dr. Taylor

In 2014 we no longer use the term hepatitis B carrier. This is an old term. It looks as though you have chronic hepatitis B infection.

It is good to learn that your LFTs are within normal range. However hep B is a dynamic virus and this can change over time. The DNA being detectable means that you are making hep B viruses. Ideally with chronic hep B we should be evaluated every 6 months by a doctor with hep B expertise.

Talk with your doctor about getting tested for HIV as presence of this infection changes management. Testing for hepatitis C and vaccination against hep A if you are not protected is helpful. Avoid alcohol and tobacco. Talk with your doctor about indications for treatment over time. Not everyone with hep B needs treatment right now. Talk with your doctor about testing household and sexual contacts for hep B and vaccinating them if possible, if they do not have hep B.



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