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Diagnosed with hepatitis B, LFT shows normal values for SGPT, SGOT, alkaline phosphate. Meaning?

Hi Doctor, I have been diagnosed with Hepatitis B , but when my I did liver function tests , it shows: SGoT SGPT, and Alkaline Phosphatase are normal. But I have Hepatitis B, what does the result means? Please I need to know, coz I need to convince my future employer. John Ps. can you send the answer to: YYYY@YYYY
Asked On : Mon, 5 Nov 2012
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Hello. Welcome to Healthcare Magic. Your email address is not available to me, so I'll address your question here at our forum.
Hepatitis B is one of the most common infectious diseases in the world, and it is the most common liver infection worldwide. Most patients with chronic hepatitis B (those who continue to carry the virus in their bodies) do not have any symptoms; indeed, many people with chronic hepatitis B don't even know they're infected. If you have chronic hepatitis B and your liver enzymes are elevated, this is a sign that your liver is being damaged by the virus, and treatment might be indicated. If your liver enzymes are NOT elevated, this suggests your virus is quiescent for the time being. Your doctor will probably want to monitor you every six months or so -- usually with blood tests -- to make sure your virus doesn't reactivate.
Now, just because your liver enzymes aren't elevated doesn't mean you're not infectious. You can still pass the virus to other people through sexual contact or exposure to your bodily fluids. Whether or not you're legally obligated to report your status to your employer could be influenced by where you live and what type of occupation you hold. In many locations, you're not required to disclose your health information to prospective employers.
I hope that answers your question. Good luck with your new job!
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