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How To Boost Immune System To Hepatitis B
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
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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
"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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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