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Doctor insights on: How To Boost Immune System To Hepatitis B

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How does the hepatitis b virus attack the immune system?

How does the hepatitis b virus attack the immune system?

HEPATITIS B: Liver injury is determined by patient's immune response to infection. Hepatocellular damage is indicated by the presence of serologic immune markers, predominance of t lymphocytes and plasma cells. Response to therapy with corticosteroids and immunosuppressants. ...Read more

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What does it mean to be hepatitis b immune?

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 also. ...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 different test we do to determine if someone is infected, immune or is cured from hepatitis B virus infection. ...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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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 possibly 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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"Hepatitis b patients usually recover completely and are immune" - Does this mean the virus is no longer in the body? Pls explain "recover completely"

"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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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?

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

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Doctor said that I'm immune to hepatitis b, which is good. This is obviously from being vaccinated? (twinrix 3 injections). Am I 100% safe from hep b?

Doctor said that I'm immune to hepatitis b, which is good. This is obviously from being vaccinated? (twinrix 3 injections). Am I 100% safe from hep b?

Likely: You are nearly 100% immune but there is always a possiblity of losing the immunity. If the doctor thinks that you are immune to hepatitis b is because you were tested for the hb surface antibody and it was present indicating that you are still immune. Precautions should still be taken as necessary and necessitated. ...Read more

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Hepatitis b antibody. Standard 5 item HBV test, only HBV surface antibody present. How immune is this to a partner of HBV carrier status through sex?

Foolish: If someone is actively and acutely infected with hep b, even the idea of considering unprotected sexual intercourse is ridiculous. Just because immunization status shows immunity to hep b, this is not a 100% guarantee and there are still risks. ...Read more

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

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

Depends: It depends, most people who complete the whole HBV vaccination schedule will show evidence of HBV antiboies. ...Read more

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How many times must one get vaccinated to become immune to hepatitis b virus?

The course is: Three doses over six months. As long as one develops the protective antibody (anti-hbs), one is immune. It is known that the antibody levels wane over time but it appears that immunity lasts longer than detectable antibody. But unclear if it is lifelong. ...Read more

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How many times must one get vaccinated in their lifetime to be successfully immune hepatitis b virus?

Usually Once: The hbv vaccine is a series of 3-4 shots over a 6 months time period. At least 90% of people will develop immunity following that series. A portion of remaining people will respond to a second series. There is a very small group who do not develop immunity from vaccination. Booster shots are no longer recommended for people with normal immune status who have been fully vaccinated. ...Read more

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How long does the Hepatitis B vaccine last & if you get the vaccine does that make you 100% immune from getting Hep B?

How long does the Hepatitis B vaccine last & if you get the vaccine does that make you 100% immune from getting Hep B?

Nothing is 100%: The vaccine for Hep B is about 90% effective. It is thought to last as long as 22 years. That being said, it covers all subtypes of Hep B and is worth getting for everyone. Remember, you don't have to have sex with or share needles with an infected person to get Hep B. ...Read more

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