Stupid question or not?(hep.B)
Sep 25, 2001
I want to thank you very much for answering my previous question on immune or not. However, I have one additional question I need clarifying on please. I previously mentioned I was Hep B surface antigen(negative), anti-Hep. B core(positive) and use to be anti-Hep. B surface antigen(positive). However, as I stated a few years later I retested and the following came back. Still Hep. B surface antigen(negative) even with HBV DNA Qualitative, PCR(non-reactive)which is good. My question is, previously I stated that my Hep. B surface antibody came back (undetectable) a few years later, However it actually stated on the form as (Non-Reactive). Does this change anything as far as anything to worry about or do they mean the same thing? I feel really stupid???? Am I still immune? Or has the anibody completely gone? Your initial response was nothing for me to worry about, does that still hold true with the different terminology?
Response from Dr. Dieterich
There are no stupid questions. The HBSAb does fade after a while. However since you have already been infected and cleared the virus, you are immune. Forget about hepatitis B, worry about something else! DTD
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