Advertisement
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!
Recent AnswersAsk a Question
  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary


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



Previous
fatty liver and stuck with hcv infected needle
Next
Diagnosed HCV at 10 weeks

  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

 Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS


 
Advertisement



Q&A TERMS OF USE

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 TheBody.com 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

Advertisement