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No cure for Hep B: There is no permanent cure available. The only thing would have been vaccinating for this common infection before you were exposed. Your viral load test is very low. It may not be active enough to put you on the hepatitis b medications that suppress the virus. But, if you have liver damage and your doctors are not treating you with the hepatitis b medications i would recommend that you ask why. ...Read more
Yes: Most people recover completely with no residual infection. They develop a positive surface antibody (hbsab) and lose their surface antigen (hbsag). However, about 10% go on to develop chronic hepatitis, maintaining their hbsag. In such cases, cure isn't possible, but the infection can be treated with medications that will help to prevent complications. ...Read more
Possible yes: Natural history of hepatitis b leads to strong immunity against disease without treatment, Lamivudine is used for hepatitis b that is chronic( your body is unable to buld a strong immune responde against it and when the disease endangeres your liver function. Basically the drug slows down viral replication. So there is a chance it may lead to a complete halt of viral replication ...Read more
Failure?: There are some individuals who apparently do not have the capacity to produce antibodies to hepatitis b surface antigen. These are the people who develop chronic hepatitis following acute infection. If you are in this category you may be at risk. On the other hand, if you have received the vaccine and not turned hep b antibody positive you might want to try once more. ...Read more
Advia hep. C antibody +,HCV RNA -. 3 months later Architect hep. C antibody -, HCV RNA -. 2 hep C Ab Verification tests-.Can above person donate blood?
May be: You ought to disclose these results to the blood bank so that they may make a determination on your eligibility to donate along with other health factors. I commend you for considering doing your civic duty. ...Read more
IMy HBV test results (red cross): Hepatitis B Surface Antigen: Nonreactive; Hepatitis B Core Antibodies: Reactive; HBV PCR: Negative. Do I have HBV?
Cured, but...: If a person's Hep B surface antigen is nonreactive, that means the lab does not find pieces of the surface of the virus. If her Hep B virus PCR is negative, that means the lab does not find the virus's DNA (genes). If the core antibody is reactive that means her immune system REMEMBERS being infected with Hep B. She is cured, but some viral DNA might be attached to her own human DNA in her liver. ...Read more
Can gamma globulin levels of 0.37 recover? How long would natural recovery take? If they don't recover (over 3 months-3 tests), immune deficient?
Lo gamma globulins: Well that isn't an isolated number, meaning it should be interpreted in the context of a clinical picture, so why did you have this done and repeated in the first place? Several reasons for such, mainly protein losing disorders either from a gut or from kidneys, malnutrition/ primary immunodeficiency can be a cause too, replacement therapy available,but you need to be rightfully diagnosed,goodluck ...Read more
Hep B surface Ab - positive, Hep BE antigen - positive, Viral DNA 2000 IU. Acute Hep B DX. Tests don't match the serology timeline? Am I in recovery?
Need expert care: This situation is too complex for safe advice on this forum. You should be seeing an expert in person, or perhaps seek HealthTap's concierge service with an infectious diseases or liver disease expert. ...Read more
Hep c cause Cirrhosis stage 4grade1 treatment cured from hep c, Can Cirrhosis still progress and keep scarring the liver after been clear from hep c?
Yes: Unfortunately cirrhosis is an irreversible process and some of the inflammatory activity that leads to scarring of the liver may proceed in absence of the virus (autoimmune mechanism). However, getting rid of the virus at least removes the initial or major cause of inflammation and thus may slow down the entire process ...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
HBV test results: Hepatitis B Surface Antigen: Nonreactive; Hepatitis B Core Antibodies: Reactive; HBV PCR: Negative. Need any medication or vaccine?
Excellent question: and your story stumps many a doctor, often! :) a lot of the recommendations depend on - are you someone with risk factors for HBV? is this the first time that it has been checked? are your liver enzymes normal? are you about to undergo any procedures/ treatments that could put you at risk for HBV? If you have no sig risk factors, yes, I'd vaccinate you if there's potential for exposure. ...Read more
Diagnosed w/ Hep b in June, test results in Dec.(hepB-S-AG -Neg, hepB S AB Qual-Pos,hepBeAG-Neg,HepBe Anti-Pos,HepBCore Anti-Pos. Viral <20. Recovery?
Yes: Congratulations! As long as you have pos anti-HBS antibodies and neg HBS Ag you are immune (recovery with immunity) ...Read more