Hi everybody, I’m Julia
I’ve been lurking here for a little while now and have learned a lot thanks to experts and community. Really appreciate it.
I am a 50 year old woman, recently diagnosed with chronic hep b. It was discovered by accident. I was supposed to be checked for vaccination status before a minor cosmetic surgery but, by mistake, my doctor ordered more test.
My results were:
HBsAg - positive
HBcAb - positive
HBeAg - negative
HBeAb - positive
HBsAb - negative
Blood test was repeated to exclude lab error and a viral load was checked. Came back at 33 iu/ml.
I was vaccinated with 3 doses in teenage years, so I believe I must had been infected before that.
15 years ago I went through pregnancy oblivious of my hep b status. I wasn’t tested and my child didn’t get any special treatment at birth, other than being vaccinated with the first dose the day after.
Here are her results:
HBsAg - negative
HBcAb - negative
HBsAb - positive
Are we out of the woods? Does she need more tests or monitoring in the future?
Luckily, all my husband’s results came out negative and he’s just got his first dose of vaccine.
How well do HBs antibodies protect against the virus? I don’t mean vaccine efficacy but actual antibodies being over 10 mIU/ml.
I was refused treatment because of low viral load. Shouldn’t we all with detectable virus be treated, so we don’t spread the disease? I know the risk is low but still, why not lower it even more and, maybe, avoid possible spikes in viral load?
I’m really anxious about passing the virus to someone.
Sorry if that’s too many questions. I have a doctors appointment in February and I’m too anxious to wait for answers.