The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App 
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
Ask the Experts About

Hepatitis and HIV CoinfectionHepatitis and HIV Coinfection
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

Liver enzymes, HepB, HIV
Jun 21, 2000


Glad to see this section. I have many questions, however, here is the story first: I have come into contact with HepB and developed immunity for it (i.e HBsAg (-) and AntiHBs (+ actually > 1000)). I do not know when and how did I come into contact with the virus. I also noticed that my ALT and alk. Phos. tend to be on the higher side sometimes (not all the time) as an example: ALT=49 (max 40 or 45) and Alk. Phos=129 (max 120). I understand it is rather minimal. Here are my questions:

- If I cleared HepB naturally, could it be that hepD (i.e delta) sticks around -- assuming I was co-infected or no-way since I cleared the HBsAg?

- What might explain my "higher" ALT or Alk. Phos.?

- Should I test for any other hep. (example D or others). BTW, I am (-) for HepC

- Now a different question: Assuming a coinfection with HepB and HIV, could and Elisa for HIV fail to detect antibodies for HIV during a 6 month test.

Thank You

Response from Dr. Dieterich

There are many causes of elevated ALT and ALK besides hepatitis. However, you cannot have delta if you don't have HBV. If you are concerned about HIV or HCV you can have the PCR tests done to be absolutely certain. I would recommend that as well as other tests. You should see a liver specialist. DTD

questions on hepatitis c

  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary



This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.

Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint