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Is a positive test result for HEP A really negative?
Oct 24, 2001

A friend recently tested positive for Hepatitis A. The doctor told this friend that it means he does NOT have hepatitis A. Is this true that a positive test for Hep A means no infection?

Response from Dr. Rodriguez-Torres

The test that your friend had are antibodies.These are proteins that the body produces after infection.The IgM antibody suggests recent infection,and the IgG is old infection.This is the most frequent test done,and I assume this is the positive test of your friend.There is no chronic Hepatitis A ,all patients clear the virus and there is a vaccine to prevent the disease.



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