• 10 months ago

    Hepatitis B Test Results

    I recently donated blood to the American Red Cross and later received a letter telling me that I had tested reactive for hepatitis B core antibody (anti-HBc).

    The results for all hepatitis B Virus Tests are as follows:

    Hepatitis B Surface Antigen Test: Nonreactive

    Hepatitis B Core Antibodies Test: Reactive

    HBV PCR: Negative

    The letter said that additional tests were performed on my blood and show that I likely do not have HBV. It says that it may be a false reactive but also says they can not be sure in every case.

    I participate in no activity from the list that could have led to any sort of transmission, definitely haven't had any contact with others blood as far as I am aware. I also was born in the United States in 1996 so assume that I was vaccinated when I was a baby.

    In short, the 8 pages they sent with information was very confusing and different websites tell you different things. Should I be concerned as to if I have HBV or not? What do my results mean? And I plan on meeting with my primary care doctor, is this necessary in my case?

    Thanks.

Responses

  • 9 months ago

    RE: Hepatitis B Test Results

    I'd keep your appointment with your primary just to confirm if it was in fact a false reactive and if treatment is needed.
  • 4 months ago

    RE: Hepatitis B Test Results

    More than highly unlikely that you have any problem, but it never hurts to repeat the test. Many people have been exposed to the antigen, but don't become infected. If it was me, I'd repeat the test, but lose absolutely no sleep over it :)
  • 3 months ago

    RE: Hepatitis B Test Results

    Can you share your results from the doctor? I recently donated blood and the Red Cross gave me the exact same results as above. I'm also getting a follow up test done with my primary doctor to confirm but would like to know if your results proved to be negative for hepatitis b.