|Lab Results: Infectuous? Antibodies
Sep 15, 2007
Diagnosed as HEP B carrier in Nov. 2005. Have taken Hepsera ever since.
Lab results in March indicated that I had cleared the HEP B surface antigen for the first time; HEP B surgace antibodies were 8.2 mIU/mL, another first, and HEP BV, DNA was <50 copies.
AST was 22; ALT 20.
Questions: 1. Am I still infectuous to others?
2. Can I expect that antibodies will continue to rise?
3. Do I have to have a figure close to or greater than 100 mIU/mL surface antibodies?
4. While there is no cure for HEP B virus, when is it safe to say that the virus has cleared body?
5. Is the possibility of a mutant form of the virus always possible given the above results.
Thank you for your help.
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
1. Unlikely given the negative surface antigen and HBV DNA. 2. Possibly. 3. Don't think so. 4. I think you need to have another set of numbers or two to verify what you currently see. 5. Always a possibility with any HBV medication.
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