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Author Topic: Could I be an inactive hepatitis B carrier?  (Read 1009 times)

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Offline Iliaccrest

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Could I be an inactive hepatitis B carrier?
« on: November 14, 2018, 05:59:47 am »
It's been 10/11months since I've been diagnosed with hepatitis b. It's actually been a lot longer but that's when the Dr officially diagnosed it.  I went for my final blood test past the 6month mark and they told me I had not cleared the virus.

The Dr said I had a low DNA load and wanted to take my bloods again 3months later.

I wasn't expecting any change but this time when I saw the liver specialist she informed me I have cleared the virus as I now have the antibodies. I found this hard to believe as I knew I was far past 6month mark and I had already in my mind processed the fact that I have it for good.

My Dr then scrolls down to my DNA load and then says oh sorry no you still do have the virus.

How is it possible to have the antibodies  and the hepatits B virus still there?

Has this happened to anyone else?

She wasn't able to explain this fully and I just left feeling confused.

I have come to terms with whatever the outcome maybe. I don't see her again for another 6 months and I currently feel like a medical mystery. 

Could I possibly be an inactive carrier? :-[

Offline Lynn K

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Re: Could I be an inactive hepatitis B carrier?
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2018, 11:33:56 am »
Antibodies are made by your body when it tries to fight off an infection. Antibodies are made by you they are not infectious. However, not all antibodies are successful at fighting off the infection. If you were ever in your life infected with a virus you will carry abtiodies. But having antibodies does not mean you no longer have the virus.

But if you are cured of a virus or immunized against a virus you will have antibodies made by your body against that virus.

Having a viral load means the virus is in your blood stream and you may be infectious.

Here is a link to the CDC web site for FAQ about Hepatitis B for the general public for more information.

https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hbv/bfaq.htm

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1978 contracted, 1990 Dx
1995 Intron A failed
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2003 Pegintron Riba trial med null response
2008 F4 Cirrhosis Bx
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Offline Iliaccrest

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Re: Could I be an inactive hepatitis B carrier?
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2018, 06:21:45 pm »
Thank you Lynn for your response this has helped to clear things up a bit for me.  :)

 


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