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What Does Immune To Hepatitis B Mean
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 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
Depends: It depends, most people who complete the whole HBV vaccination schedule will show evidence of HBV antiboies. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
How long does the Hepatitis B vaccine last & if you get the vaccine does that make you 100% immune from getting Hep B?
If a father has a hepatitis b, and the mother is immune to the virus, does the baby get any more hepb shots than a baby with normal parents?
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
Protected: Immunity means you can't be infected, either because you've already had hepatitis and recovered from it, or because you were vaccinated. ...Read more
No active infection: When people have reactive hepatitis b surface antigen, they have proteins from hepatitis b in their blood. These people have active infection and may need treatment. If there is no reactive hbsag, then most likely there is no active infection. Rarely, people who have hepatitis b core antibody detected, but no hepatitis b surface antibody, can have chronic active infection. ...Read more
You are protected: Being immune to hepatitis b means that you are protected against future attacks with hepatitis b because you were given the hep b vaccine (passive immunity) or you somehow contracted the virus and your body produced antibodies to the virus (active immunity). Hope this helps. Please talk to you doctor to determine what type of immunity you have. Take care! ...Read more
Become informed: I am going to assume you are a lifelong hepatitis B carrier. Nowadays in the era of immunization it makes little sense to exclude you from military service or some other career path because of your status; you do need lifelong health care to prevent complications and they probably don't want to spend the extra money. Find some other career you can enjoy and learn about your situation. ...Read more
I was diagnosed as a hepatitis b carrier with mild transaminitis. Does anyone knows what transaminitis mean?
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