Hepa B Test results
May 17, 2014
What do below result say? HBSAG - reactive Anti HBC (patients count 0.009 COV 1.0) - count below cut off consider reactive Anti Hbs - non reactive Anti HbeAg - non reactive Anti Hbe - non reactive
Response from Dr. Taylor
There are several different blood tests that tell us about hepatitis B virus infection. Your hepatitis B surface antigen (often abbreviated HBsAg) is reactive. This typically tells us that there is a chronic hepatitis B virus infection. If the sAg is reactive, it is helpful to be evaluated by a doctor over time; hepatitis B can change over time in someone's body.
A helpful next blood test is the hepatitis B DNA. The DNA test result can determine whether the hepatitis B virus is currently replicating in your liver cells (making new viruses every day). This result, the ALT result and your HIV status will help determine if you will benefit from treatment now, or not, so discuss this with your doctor. Talk with your doctor about being tested for and vaccinated against hep A infection, if possible, and getting tested for hepatitis C. Talk with your doctor about getting household members and sexual partners tested as well, and about liver wellness including reducing or stopping alcohol and tobacco.
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