I have been on medication for hep B for a year now and everything is going to plan. My specialist told me my virus is now undetectable and my fibro scan is 5.4 kpa.
He has asked me to see him again in a years time however I am a little concerned that a year is too long. I wanted to ask if this is normal or should I see him at least once in 6 months.
Thanks in advance.
I get an ultrasound and bloodwork done every 6 months but I only see my doctor annually. Sometimes they will schedule the ultrasound/bloodwork at my annual visit but other times I have emailed his nurse to arrange it. Perhaps you should check with him to see if he was only referring to the in-office visit and not the regular testing.
Hi @Elton, it’s really good news that your medication is working and your viral load is undetectable! Just so you know, the medical guidelines recommend monitoring every 6 months to once a year, depending on the health of your liver and overall health. I’m not sure how old you are or if your family has any history of liver cancer? If so, then every 6 months would probably make sense, If you’re young and have no family history of serious liver disease, then once a year is not unreasonable. Honestly, during this covid pandemic, I let a year go by even though I’m 62 years and on Vemlidy. But if you’re concerned, you should definitely feel free and comfortable talking to your specialist about your concern. Others on this forum may have different experiences or opinions. Thanks for sharing your situation. Always, Joan
Great to hear about your positive results, @Elton.
Yes, I think it is standard to have specialist appointments every year, particularly if you’re in a state that is low risk for disease progression. I am on the same schedule. Blood tests every 3-6 months are usually standard for monitoring between those appointments.
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