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Have Tested Positive For Australia Antigen Post Taking Hep B And A Vaccinations. Cause?

Hi I am currently taking the Hep A and Hep B vacinnation. I have taken 2 doses of the Hep B and one does of Hep A. I am supposed to complete the final Hep B does in 2 months, but on a routine general test which was tekn 6 days ago, I was tested for the Australian Antegen, and I tested positive. Is this due to the vaccination I am taking or do I really have Hep B, because I really don t live a riotous life??
Tue, 12 Jun 2012
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Hi,

Thanks for your post. Following 1-4 months of Hepatitis B vaccination blood test should show anti-hepatitis B surface antigen antibody (anti-HBsAg) level above 100 mIU/ml as adequate response. This is only occurs in about 85-90% of individuals. This is known as Australia Antigen too.

As you mentioned "I really don't leve a riotous life" it is advisable to get the levels of the antibody measured to know your exact status.

Wishing you all the best.
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Have Tested Positive For Australia Antigen Post Taking Hep B And A Vaccinations. Cause?

Hi, Thanks for your post. Following 1-4 months of Hepatitis B vaccination blood test should show anti-hepatitis B surface antigen antibody (anti-HBsAg) level above 100 mIU/ml as adequate response. This is only occurs in about 85-90% of individuals. This is known as Australia Antigen too. As you mentioned I really don t leve a riotous life it is advisable to get the levels of the antibody measured to know your exact status. Wishing you all the best.