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Went for ob check up and it says im positive for hep b surface ab. Should I be worried?
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Dr. Michael Amster
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Not necessarily
Your body makes hep b surface antibody in response to the hepatitis b vaccine.
It can also make it to the hepatitis b virus. If you've been vaccinated, it's more likely to be due to the first reason. If you're still concerned though, a test for hep b surface antigen and a liver function panel should clear things up. Most likely, they were checking your immunity status.

In brief: Not necessarily
Your body makes hep b surface antibody in response to the hepatitis b vaccine.
It can also make it to the hepatitis b virus. If you've been vaccinated, it's more likely to be due to the first reason. If you're still concerned though, a test for hep b surface antigen and a liver function panel should clear things up. Most likely, they were checking your immunity status.
Dr. Michael Amster
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Dr. Charlene Sojico
Pediatrics
In brief: No
Need not worry. That just mean you are protected.
You have the antibody against hepatitis b!

In brief: No
Need not worry. That just mean you are protected.
You have the antibody against hepatitis b!
Dr. Charlene Sojico
Dr. Charlene Sojico
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Dr. Randall Bock
would recommend further workup, to see if there is any active circulating hepatitis B antigen. If you have not had hepatitis B vaccination -- then you, at some point, have been exposed to hepatitis B (which spreads via blood or sexual contact). It might be useful to track this backwards, potentially help and inform your previous viral "donor".
Dr. Randall Bock
... and if there is any active circulating hepatitis B antigen, you could have ongoing hepatitis and/or the possibility of exposing others to same.
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