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Hepatitis B Viral Load Range
I am suffer from hepatitis b my viral load is reduced from 5000 to 3 point at last year 2012. This year till not checked. Pl advis shall I go 2 marry?
Anyone with hepatitis b infection should make sure that their partners and other people they live with get vaccinated for hepatitis b. That will help protect your loved ones.
I am not sure what "3 point" means, but this is a low viral load. The viral load and liver enzymes need to be measured about twice a year so stay in touch with your health provider. ...Read more
Can a person get completely cured of hepatitis b once his viral load is constantly negative and his HBsAG and hbeag is negative?
I have a hepatitis b for past 2 years. Shall I go to marry. Pl tell it is dangerous disease? Pl tell the life time: viral load <3.8 iu/ml
Avoid toxins: A healthy diet for you and most of the rest of us would consist of eating mostly a plant based diet void of the chemicals found in highly processed foods or antibiotics/hormones found in animal products from today's factory farms. Also, avoid alcohol in excess and hepatotoxic drugs and you can rest assured you are on the right path. Good luck! ...Read more
Hepatitis b. new diagnosis of hep b, dangerous livers #s. after follow up in 3 wks liver #s normal, hep b viral load, 12000 iu. Sign of recovery?
Too soon: You need more testing before this question can be answered. Please be patient. You are not out of the woods yet. ...Read more
Could Ayurveda have any medicine to cure chronic hepatitis b or atleast lower the viral load drastically?
Ayurvedic medicine: I am not an Ayurvedic practitioner. However, I do believe that many alternative therapies can have overall beneficial effects on a person's well being. This, in turn, may translate into better response to traditional treatments. I don't know if anyone can give a definitive answer to your question, but if a person feels calmer, better, with alt. Therapies, this can only be a good thing! ...Read more
Could homeopathy have any medicine to cure chronic hepatitis b or atleast lower the viral load drastically?
Collaborative care: A homeopath may be able to help you with hepatitis b, in collaboration with conventional medical care. There are over 100 remedies that include liver inflammation (hepatitis) in their complete symptoms. It's important to realize that homeopathy is not the kind of medicine that eliminates viruses, but it can strengthen the individual's resilience so that s/he can better fight off infection. ...Read more
Is there a need for treatment when your HBV viral load is normal, negative hbseg but positive for hepatitis b?
Probably not: Assuming your liver function tests are normal (alt < 19), then you are probably a hep b carrier and need to monitored every 6 months for re-activation. ...Read more
Recently diagnosed with hep b 2 mos ago. Viral load was 12, 000. dr said come back in 6 mos. I'm curious of viral load. Should I get tested again?
Low viral load: Hep B infection may be either acute or chronic. In self-limiting infection you clear infection spontaneously within weeks to months. More than 95% of people who become infected as adults or older children will stage a full recovery and develop protective immunity to the virus. Individuals who remain HBsAg positive for at least six months are considered to be hepatitis B carriers. ...Read more
A HBV viral load of 2255. What is the advice in terms of medication, diet and other for full cleansing of the body system?
Carrier state?: That is a low viral load (if it is measured in copies/ml). You may be in a carrier state - your doctor will have to decide that. You will then need to be followed closely and may not need any meds right now. In the meantime, eat healthy, avoid excessive alcohol/acetaminophen intake. ...Read more
I just got my result on HBV VIRAL LOAD and is 40 iu/ml HBV DNA LOAD is 233cp/ml. What does this mean. Thank you.
The answer is that: It depends on why you had the tests done. While you have evidence of active hepatitis, the activity is fairly low. The significance of this depends on: 1) when or if you were diagnosed with Hep B 2) if you are being followed to see if the infection is clearing on its own or with antiviral treatment or 3) you're being considered for treatment with an antiviral. Hope this helps some. Dr. Anne ...Read more
My viral load for chronic hep b is non detectable & tested pos for antibodies. Can I stop taking baraclude (entecavir) and my body clear the virus? If not, why?
Probably: If your hepatitis b surface antibody is positive and surface antigen negative with non-detectable viral load. It means you have s antigen seroconversion with medication, which is an excellent response. After you achieve that, continue Baraclude (entecavir) for about 12 months or so then you can stop baraclude (entecavir). But your viral load, s antigen, s antibody needs to be monitored from time to time for relapse. ...Read more
I'm 29, f, viet. Just diag with "inactive carrier" hep b acquired as child. Normal lfts and afp. Viral load 1380 iu/ml. Should I get an ultrasound now?
Yes: You are at an elevated risk for hepatocellular carcinoma (hcc) as well as cirrhosis. With normal labs, you are unlikely to have a tumor at this time. You physician may want a baseline needle liver biopsy to check for liver status and to guide decisions on medical therapy. Also, it would be a very good idea to avoid all alcohol intake and liver toxic drugs like tylenol (acetaminophen). ...Read more
I'm asian, 29, f, just diagnosed w/ chronic hep b. Hbeag -, anti-hbe +, normal lfts, viral load 1380 iu/ml. Afp 2.5 should I worry about liver cancer?
Yes slight risk: Best prevention of liver cancer is vaccination. Once infected most of the time virus will clear active disease will need treatment with Alpha interferon, Lamivudine etc to clear virus and prevent further damage & monitoring progression. Damage control includes weight diet, avoiding drugs, alcohol smoking, diabetes (blood sugar) oral contraceptives additional infections like hiv. ...Read more
Hbv DNA viral load result: 451.35 iu/ml (1895.67 copies/ml) HBsAG 4.441 and antihbs 0.10. What does this mean? Thank you!
Hepatitis B carrier: You are a hepatitis b carrier - with high levels of hepatitis b surface antigen (hbsag) as well as hbv dna positive. You should see a hepatologist, a liver md for treatment. In this era, there are medications that can suppress hbv dna replication, i.e. Decrease the generation of new viral particles, decreasing injury to the liver and long term complications, such as cirrhosis and liver cancer. ...Read more
Play it safe: Theoretically, no. However, the viral load measures virus in your blood stream, and there is still some question as to whether you could still have dormant liver disease. But unless you get a viral load measured every day, better to play it safe and assume there's a possibility of being contagious. ...Read more
Hepatitis B: If this is new most infections clear on their own. However, if you have the chronic active form there are several medications that can keep the infection at bay and give your liver a chance to recover. If I knew where you lived I could perhaps help you there.... But find one who knows how to aggressively work with you to suppress this virus. ...Read more
Things to ponder: Hep B is a hardy virus, with infection documented from an accidental needle stick while cleaning out a house vacant X 6mo. It is a blood borne & sexually transmitted disease that is a leading cause of liver failure/ liver cancer & need for transplant. Anyone who might have exposure to another person's blood at any time in their life can benefit from the protection. ...Read more
Can HIV be cured because I think so because I found out that hepatitis b which is a viral STD can be cured which HIV is also viral.?
No cure for HIV: Most viruses are cured by the immune system, and a few can be cured with drugs. Hepatitis B is one of these; in most people the immune system clears it up and drug treatment often is effective as well. Unfortunately, HIV is not such a virus. It can be suppressed with treatment, and most people now can expect to live nearly normal lives. There is hope for a cure someday, but not yet. ...Read more
It's possible: Based on that test result it is possible but there are confirmatory tests that need to be done. See your pediatrician. They may refer you to a pediatric liver specialist for more tests. ...Read more
Numbers and type: Viral load refers to how many viral molecules can be detected in the blood. It gives an idea about how active the virus is and can be used to monitor response to therapy. Genotype refers to a test that can identify subtypes of hep c. Certain genotypes are more likely to respond to a given therapy, so this information can be useful in deciding in what treatment, if any, would be best. ...Read more
Hep b, HCV ab and HCV PCR all negative 2 years post exposure but elevated gpt, got, GGT recently, I just want to keep ruling out viral hepatitis, could i?
Some ideas: Hopefully you've gotten immunized against hepatitis b, and hopefully you're not doing needle drugs to put you at risk for hepatitis c. You'd do well to have labs to look for hemochromatosis, wilson's, and autoimmune hepatitis. Many people have elevated liver enzymes that can be lowered just be getting more physically active. Glad you don't drink. Best wishes. ...Read more
What is the risk/chance for hepatitis b from one time unprotected vaginal exposure with carrier with high virus load?
1984: Babies began being vaccinated for a Hep B in 1984. Are you sure you are not already immune? ...Read more
Hepatitis b antigen negative HBV load is 13160iu/ml. Taking tenofo b for three months now HBV load is >20. Please suggest me what can I do?
Continue to take: You are a hepatitis B virus carrier. With the use of the antiviral agent, tenofovir, you have successfully suppressed viral replication, which will help reduce the risk of hepatitis progression. This does not mean that you are cured however, and you will need to take this medication, as prescribed, otherwise you are at risk for viral reactivation and developing a drug resistant mutation. ...Read more