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I'm a hept b carrier. recent blood test shows hbe ag reactive. what does it mean?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Infectious to others: Your blood carries hep b virus that can infect others if that person is exposed to your blood or body fluids, including sex.
Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Contagious: Here's what the mayo medical laboratories site says: "presence of hepatitis be (hbe) antigen and absence of hbe antibody usually indicate active hepatitis b virus (hbv) replication and high infectivity. Absence of hbe antigen with appearance of hbe antibody is consistent with loss of HBV infectivity." see: http://j.Mp/y66lvx.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
You are infecitous: Having the "e" antigen on board in your blood is a marker that your blood is especially dangerous to others. This is true of some other body fluids as well. Make your decisions accordingly, be responsible, take medicines if your physician suggests it, and perhaps someday we will have a way to cure this.

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