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HbsAg test result
May 31, 2013

Hi Doctor,

I would need an urgent answer on my situation. My wife is a hepatitis b carrier since 2009. I have done the blood test 3 days ago and shown Negative (HbsAg 0.14). Is it too late to do the vaccination? If not i will go and get the vaccine in a week.

Thanks in advance.

Regards, Simon

Response from Dr. Young

Hello Simon,

The negative HBSAg (HBV surface antigen) test means that you don't have active hepatitis B. What you want to know is whether you already have evidence of antibodies directed against HBV- typically the IgG antibodies directed against the surface antibodies are what's tested.

If the antibody tests are negative, you would be eligible for HBV vaccination.

For more information about viral hepatitis, check out AIDS InfoNet's pages. BY

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