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Should I get blood work? Today my boyfriend got told he has hepatitis b. I have a doctor's appointment for myself in 2 months. Should I get we before.

Should I get blood work? Today my boyfriend got told he has hepatitis b. I have a doctor's appointment for myself in 2 months. Should I get we before.

Yes, if possible: It seems silly to feel anxious about this for two months. Do it and feel either relieved or take appropriate action. Also, — do whatever is recommended to prevent future risk. I'm glad he was caring enough to tell you even if it was a bit late — good luck to both of you. ...Read more

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Hepatitis B (Definition)

A serious liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus that's easily ...Read more


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Blood tested and I am not immune to Hepatitis B. Does that also mean that I don't have Hepatitis B or is that a different test?

Blood tested and I am not immune to Hepatitis B. Does that also mean that I don't have Hepatitis B or is that a different test?

Hepatitis B.: It will be helpful if you give the specific tests that were done. There are several tests we do to determine if someone is infected, immune or is cured from hepatitis B virus infection. ...Read more

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How small is the so called "small" risk of acquiring something bad from hepatitis b immune globulin (hbig) used as HBV pep (blood-derived product)?

How small is the so called "small" risk of acquiring something bad from hepatitis b immune globulin (hbig) used as HBV pep (blood-derived product)?

Very very small: Modern treatment of Immune Globulin products has pretty much eliminated fear for hepatitis or hiv. However one is always concerned over prion which is a particle not degraded by alcohol or heat and can cause a severe neurologic condition. However, I have not heard of a single case of this condition induced by immune globulin. Thus, there is a risk which is as remote as being struck by lightning. ...Read more

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What will happen if you get hepatitis b vaccine after having a blood transfusing from back sugery years ago?

What will happen if you get hepatitis b vaccine after having a blood transfusing from back sugery years ago?

Nothing specific: If you were exposed to hepatitis through the transfusion, the vaccine would not treat it or hurt you. The vaccine is just a method of teaching your body to develop antibodies to hep b to protect you from future exposures. ...Read more

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I was immunized for HBV as a chile, but recent blood test shows hep b; wil lanother vaccine shot work within a specific time frame?

I was immunized for HBV as a chile, but recent blood test shows hep b; wil lanother vaccine shot work within a specific time frame?

No: If you have hepatitis b (with a positive hbsag), then there's no benefit to getting vaccinated; you need treatment. But if your blood tests show presence of an antibody (hbsab) rather than an antigen, it just means that your childhood vaccine worked and you're immune. ...Read more

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My mom has all symptoms of addisons except salt cravings. Blood work came back negative for that and hashimoto. Any ideas? Could it be auto Immune?

My mom has all symptoms of addisons except salt cravings.  Blood work came back negative for that and hashimoto.  Any ideas?  Could it be auto Immune?

Symptoms in medicine: Hi. Here's a very well time tested and proven philosophy of medicine: there is no symptom specific to any single disease, and no disease specific to any single symptom. So when you say someone has symptoms of an incredibly rare disease (e.g., Addison's) bear in mind those same symptoms can be seen WITHOUT that disease, with some other disease, or with no identifiable disease. Good luck to your Mom ...Read more

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What does it mean to be hepatitis b immune?

Either: You are immune from having had it before and recovered or you have been vaccinated against hbv. ...Read more

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Are there people who are immune to hepatitis b even though they're not vaccinated?

Are there people who are immune to hepatitis b even though they're not vaccinated?

Yes: About 95% of otherwise healthy adults who are exposed to hepatitis b will control the infection with their own immune systems. The hepatitis b (hbv) is hiding in their liver cells, but usually stays dormant. These people will not have problems with hbv unless their immune system is severely compromised (like with cancer chemotherapy). ...Read more

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Are there people who are immune to hepatitis b even though they were not vaccinated?

Are there people who are immune to hepatitis b even though they were not vaccinated?

Yes: Some people get immunity once they get infection and clear it. They usually have not only antibody to surface antigen but core as well. ...Read more

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What means "patient considered not immune to infection with HBV?

What means "patient considered not immune to infection with HBV?

Hepatitis B: Many people these days have been vaccinated against Hepatitis B, and such immune status appears as positive Hep B surface antibodies on their blood test. If your test was negative for surface antibody, then you are considered not immune to Hepatitis B. If you have never been vaccinated against Hep B, ask your doctor about getting the vaccine. ...Read more

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I became immune of hepatitis b, can I drink beer?

I became immune of hepatitis b, can I drink beer?

Beer: One has no correlation with the other you can still develop alcohol induced hepatitis if you drink very heavily. ...Read more

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Immune to hepatitis b mean?

Immune to hepatitis b mean?

Protection: Means that specific individual is well protected against hepatitis b. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be naturally immune against hbv?

Is it possible to be naturally immune against hbv?

Question unclear: You can develop immunity to hepatitis b surface antigen by exposure and infection with the virus. The infection may not necessarily produce any symptoms so you are unaware of having been infected. You are not born with immunity to this virus. ...Read more

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I tested positive for hepatitis b and also I'm immune to it. What does that mean?

I tested positive for hepatitis b and also I'm immune to it. What does that mean?

Complicated : Hep b serologies must be interpreted with caution Some doctors can misinterpret. An immune individual that received a vaccine has (HBV sAb+, HBV sAg-, HBV core IgG Ab-). Resolved infection (HBV sAb+ or Ab-, ag-, core IgG+). Active infections / chronic infections are always surface antigen positive. If you need help consult me on my prime account ...Read more

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My girlfriend was recently diagnosed with hepatitis b, but my results are negative, could i be immune?

Most likely, no: Are you immune because you were vaccinated or you have evidence of previous exposure but your cleared the infection? If you were infected before you are fine. If you were vaccinated, there is a theorethical chance your antibody protection will decrease and you could get infected. In this case you would need boosting of the hepatitis b vaccine. Get a hepatitis b surface antibody checked. ...Read more

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Immune from hepatitis b, but still feeling unconfort in my liver area.

Immune from hepatitis b, but still feeling unconfort in my liver area.

Uncomfortable: Not sure what you mean or whether it is related in any way to your liver. Discuss with your doctor. If you have UC there are numerous potential complications. ...Read more

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Can someone's immune system fight off hav means can they fight off hbv too?

Not the same: People can cure themselves of hepatitis B, but it's much less common than hepatitis A. Hepatitis A is virtually always cured by the body. Hepatitis B often becomes chronic, and can lead to cirrhosis, cancer and death. ...Read more

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Can hepatitis b lower your blood count?

Absolutely: This occurs frequently, and so can the drugs to treat the hep b. ...Read more

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Hepatitis b blood test non conclusive. What does that mean?

Hepatitis b blood test non conclusive. What does that mean?

Non conclusive tests: Hepatitis b or any other test rarely can be non conclusive. To diagnose positivity, we look at different components of tests. If you have contradictory test results, it may be deemed non conclusive and you have to repeat the test in three to six months. ...Read more

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Is it safe for me to give blood if I have just had a hepatitis b jab?

Is it safe for me to give blood if I have just had a hepatitis b jab?

Wait 4 weeks : The screening test could mistake vaccine in the bloodstream (which is not infectious) for hepatitis B infection, and then you'd get ruled out for donation forever. ...Read more

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My blood test showed that i *may have* had hepatitis b in the past. How serious is this?

Not serious: Not serious, as long as infection not active.
Hepatitis b can re-activate in the future if your immune system goes down for any reason. ...Read more

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I hve fibroscan value-5.45,(1.28M/sec).my doc. Told me im in an immune tolerant phase of hbv.what does this mean?is this good for future.?

I hve fibroscan value-5.45,(1.28M/sec).my doc. Told me im in an immune tolerant phase of hbv.what does this mean?is this good for future.?

Yes, good.: Your fibroscan is in the mild to no fibrosis range. Immune tolerant phase is usually only in newborns where the virus in present, but non-pathogenic, with normal liver enzymes and no to minimal pathology on liver biopsy. Sometimes it persists into adulthood, like in your case. Most progress to immune-active with liver inflammation during childhood. ...Read more

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"Hepatitis b patients usually recover completely and are immune" — Does this mean the virus is no longer in the body? Pls explain "recover completely"

No guarantees: You can recover and still have the virus in your system. If so, exacerbations of HBV can occur. Tests are available to determine if the virus, its antigens and its antibodies are present. Most people, after recovery, will remain asymptomatic. But, a few will develop late complications, like chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, and liver tumors. You need follow-up by your physician or a liver special ...Read more

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Exactly when did bloodbanks start screening blood for hepatitis b?

Early 1970s: Hbv was diagnosed in the later 1960s. By 1971, testing was being done using the surface antige (hbsag). The core antibody was added in 1986 and by 2009, nucleic acid testing was used. The risk of hbv through blood transfusion is now between 1 in 200, 000 and 1 in 500, 000 units of blood. ...Read more

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If you received hepatitis b vaccine does that mean you are immune forever?

If you received hepatitis b vaccine does that mean you are immune forever?

Theoretically: It should. But as always it is wise to take measures to minimize risk for blood borne diseases regardless of vaccination status. ...Read more

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If you received hepatitis b vaccine does that mean you already immune to c?

No: Hepatitis b vaccine does not provide immunity to hepatitis c. There is currently no vaccine for hepatitis c. ...Read more