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can a hep b treated patient be infectious?

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Dr. Elizabeth Yen
Pediatric Gastroenterology 20 years experience
Should not be: If the treatment was effective with documented clearance of virus from the bloodstream, then that person is no longer infectious. However, not all therapies result in a cure. Follow up with treating physician is important.

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If someone with chronic hep b doesn't need to take medications what is the reason for this and is he still infectious?

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