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Understanding My Lab Results for Hepatitis
Oct 24, 2004

Many years ago my husband had Hepatitis. I was vaccinated and my lab results are as follows: HB A AB, QL: Hb S Ab = Reactive Hep B Core AB: Hb Core Ab, Total = Positive Hep B Core IgM: Hb Core Av (Igm) = Negative Hep B Surface Ag: Hb S Ag = Negative

Is this due to the vaccination making me immune or do I actually have hepatitis? This exposure and vaccination was over 10 years ago.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

You do not have hepatitis. Having both core and surface antibodies indicate immunity from past infection. If only the surface antibody were positive, this would indicate immunity from vaccination and not from natural infection.



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