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What Does It Mean If You Don't Have The Hepatitis B Antibodies

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AIDS InfoNet

Vaccinations and HIV

...therapeutic vaccines and HIV. "Live" vaccines use a weakened form of the germ. They can give you a mild case of disease, but then your immune system kicks in to protect you against a severe case. Other "inactivated" vaccines don't use a living germ. You don't get the disease, but your body can still build up its defenses. Vaccines can have side effects. With live vaccines, you might get a mild case of the disease. With inactivated vaccines,...
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HEPATITIS B SURF.AB.

HI DR Barbara,Please explain me the meaning of hepatitis B surf.AB.86.0 antibody present and detected. I am very nervous to have this report. I don't drink don't smoke or taking any drugs except generic vitamins.I am 49 now.Please guide me.Thank...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
If the surface antibody is present all by itself, it means that you were vaccinated against HBV in the past and you are protected. If the surface antibody is present along with core antibody, then you were exposed to hepatitis B in the past, but you... Read more »

Can I get infected with Hep C if I'm immune to Hep A and B?

I am currently living with 2 people that have been recently diagnosed with the Hepatitis C virus. I was wondering, I'm HIV positive and when my doctor did my first set of lab work to be done, it came back that I have immunity to Hepatitis A and B. I...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
...Atripla is composed of two drugs that are actually active against hepatitis B.3. The immunzations, if you need them, are safe.4. Don't share razors with your roommates. Read more »

HBV + worried for my girlfriend

I'm currently seeing a girl right now, and she knows that I'm Hep B positive. She is willing to stay with me for some reason I don't know and so I love her to death for that. She has had her HBV shots a while back cause I took a look at her...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
...immunized AND has had an adequate response to the vaccine series of three shots - as can be determined with a blood test looking for hepatitis B antibody - she can not catch HBV. DW Read more »

Core antibody was positive, now negative!?

In 1999, I donated blood. I got a letter saying that I was positive for the Hepatitis B core antibody. I followed up with my doctor just a week later, and my results were..Hepatitis B Core Tot Ab POSITIVEHBs Antigen w/Reflex NEGATIVEHepatitis B Surf...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
...have never been exposed - this is a "false positive". It occurs often in situations of low prevalence of disease (eg, blood donors) where the false test comes back and basically has little significance. This time the antibody is negative - as it... Read more »
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AIDS InfoNet

Hepatitis C and HIV

...cases of hep C could be cured if treatment with interferon was started very soon after infection. Unfortunately most people don't have any signs of hepatitis, or can mistake them for the flu. Most cases are not diagnosed until years later. The... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Hepatitis B FAQs for the Public

...virus infections in the United States. However, the official number of reported Hepatitis B cases is much lower. Many people don't know they are infected or may not have symptoms and therefore never seek the attention of medical or public health... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Hepatitis: Overview

...(cirrhosis) of the liver and liver failure, which can be fatal. Many cases of hepatitis aren't treated because people either don't feel sick at all, or think they have the flu. The most common symptoms are loss of appetite, fatigue, fever, body... Read more »
The Well Project

Understanding the Immune System

...suppressor T cells, calls off the immune system attack once the invader is conquered. (This is to make sure the killer cells don't go overboard, and relax once their job is done.) Both killer T cells and suppressor T cells are also known as CD8... Read more »
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Real Risk!!! Means... Infection!!! Don't be a...

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...prolonged, persistent infection characteristic of the lentiviruses. MH Sorry. But is necessary. Today I feel really sick. Don't give the virus to someone else please. Do research please. This will be the only way to stop the disease. The... Read more »

latest on co-infection

Posted by Anonymous
... Hepatitis B and HIV occur together frequently, however they are almost always acquired at different times. In HIV patients hepatitis B antibodies are not perfect, because of immunosuppression. If you want to know sooner than the 6 months of... Read more »

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Posted by nomoreworry4me
...people in the AIDS "risk groups" tend to have positive WBs (i.e., to be considered "HIV-infected") and people in the population don't. However, even people in low-risk populations have false-positive Western blots for poorly understood reasons... Read more »

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Posted by nomoreworry4me
...people in the AIDS "risk groups" tend to have positive WBs (i.e., to be considered "HIV-infected") and people in the population don't. However, even people in low-risk populations have false-positive Western blots for poorly understood reasons... Read more »