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How Often Are There False Positives For Hep B Antibodies

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False Positive Test

Hello, I would like to know how you can tell if your results are "false positive?"I went to give blood and rec'd a letter that stated the presence of "Hep B Core Antibody."With a Non-Reactive - Anti HCV, HCV NAT, and HbsAg, but a Reactive - HBcAb....
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
...If you have surface antibodies to hepatitis B you are protected - whether it was with vaccine (which should be surface antibody alone) versus past exposure (which is identified Read more »

Hep B vaccine cause reactive antibody result

Can the Hep B vaccine cause a reactive antibody result on a Hep C test? Read more »

Hep V vaccinated, + antibody/- core, then + core 2 yrs later??

Dear Dr. McGovern, I would appreciate your input to this confusing situation. I had a 3-vaccine... Read more »
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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Indiana: Elkhart Hospital Accused of Violating Blood Rules

...The hospital blood center's other FDA violations included not listing as unsuitable, donors who tested positive for HIV and hepatitis B. These donors had given blood for their own use. Most of the violations involved documentation and have now... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Frequently Asked Questions About HIV/AIDS

...use the term acute HIV infection to describe the period of time between when a person is first infected with HIV and when antibodies against the virus are produced by the body (usually 6-12 weeks). Some people newly infected with HIV will... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Vaccinations and HIV

...Hepatitis A is usually not serious but it can be for someone with a weakened liver. This includes people who are infected with hepatitis B or C. Two hepatitis A vaccine shots can protect you for about 20 years. Hepatitis B can cause serious... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV Testing

...the Window Period guidelines after the last potential exposure, you are really HIV negative. An ELISA test may rarely be "false positive." False positive ELISA results can occur if someone is tested right after events that temporarily ... Read more »
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Just Positive

Posted by bosco_anaconda, 7 Replies
Hey - So far this has been a life changing month. On January 11, 2008 I found out I an HIV after taking a test during a routine yearly physical. Talk about dumb luck, I almost didn't have the test since I felt great and didn't have any problems what... Read more »

hiv test

Posted by nomoreworry4me
...positives on other tests, including RPR (rapid plasma reagent) test for syphilis 17, 48, 33, 10, 49 22.Rheumatoid arthritis 36 23.Hepatitis B vaccination 28, 21, 40, 43 24.Tetanus vaccination 40 25.Organ transplantation 1, 36 26.Renal... Read more »

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Posted by nomoreworry4me
...positives on other tests, including RPR (rapid plasma reagent) test for syphilis 17, 48, 33, 10, 49 22.Rheumatoid arthritis 36 23.Hepatitis B vaccination 28, 21, 40, 43 24.Tetanus vaccination 40 25.Organ transplantation 1, 36 26.Renal... Read more »

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Posted by nomoreworry4me, 1 Reply
...positives on other tests, including RPR (rapid plasma reagent) test for syphilis 17, 48, 33, 10, 49 22.Rheumatoid arthritis 36 23.Hepatitis B vaccination 28, 21, 40, 43 24.Tetanus vaccination 40 25.Organ transplantation 1, 36 26.Renal... Read more »