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Riverdale, MD
A 46-year-old female asked:

Been taking baraclude (entecavir) for 4months for hep b. i have now tested pos for the antibodies. dr says that means i'm clearing the virus. is that true?

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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 29 years experience
Hepatitis B: I am not sure why you are on a medication for hepatitis b so soon after infection. 80% of adults clear this infection and do not get a chronic active infection. Antibodies alone do not mean you have cleared the virus. But, being on medication like Baraclude (entecavir) does prevent any expert in this field from testing to see if you cleared the virus.
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Dr. Richard Parker
64 years experience
Yes: The human bodies response to infection includes the development of antibodies. Complete cure of hepatitis b is documented by a test called hepatitis b viral load. This should become negative and remain negative when you are cured.
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Last updated Jun 24, 2014

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