The antibody test for Hep B and Hep C have different implications. Appearance of Anti-Hbs shows that you have recovered from HepB while IgG-AntiHbc shows thatMessage 1 of 5 , Jul 7, 2001View SourceThe antibody test for Hep B and Hep C have different implications.
Appearance of Anti-Hbs shows that you have recovered from HepB while IgG-AntiHbc shows that you have
been exposed to HBV and may have recovered depending upon the presence of Anti-Hbs.
Whereas in Hep C , no protective antibodies appear at all. IgG-Hep C antibodies appear if you have
been exposed to HCV and they stay that way for a long time,even after a " cure" thus you cannot be
sure if you still have the HCV-RNA unless you do a PCR for it.
I hope this clears your confusion.
Dr Sharat C Misra MD, DM
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Sent: Saturday, July 07, 2001 10:39 AM
Subject: Re: [GIWorld-Hepatitis] Alley antibodies??
When I was first tested, it showed the antibodies for hep c. My doctor
explained that didn't rule out the possibility I didn't have hep c. That
the antibodies only showed I had been exposed to the virus and he
ordered further testing which showed that I had hep c.
Maybe doc or claudine can explain this better......
> In a message dated 7/4/01 3:23:02 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
> alleypat@... writes:
> > . I knew about my hep b antibodies and hep c antibodies for almost
> 10 years
> Alley sorry for the question, but I don't understand, I believe that
> if you
> have antibodies for hep B & C doesn't that indicate that your body has
> the bad part of the virus, and the virus in check, and under control.
> least that is my understanding of antibodies????
> Take care,
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Les, Having the antibody does not mean the virus is gone, just means your body fought or is fighting it. The problem with hep c is that the virus mutates soMessage 2 of 5 , Jul 8, 2001View SourceLes,
Having the antibody does not mean the virus is gone, just means your body
fought or is fighting it.
The problem with hep c is that the virus mutates so fast, the body can't
Think of country a sending out foot soldiers to begin a war. Country b
defends against the foot soldiers
Then country a sends in horsemen, country b defends against them.
Then country a gets really wild (mutated) and sends F-16's and all kinds of
high powered high tech aircraft against a medieval country b.
country b can't keep up.
our body is like country b. Hep c virus is like country a. Our body just
can't keep up.
The interferon if i understand it correctly, boosts our immune system, gives
us better response time to defend and attack, more better warriors.
The riba I'm not sure of, but I think I read it makes the virus mutate so
fast it mutates itself to death. I'm simplifying stuff really really a lot,
so please bear with me.
over 80% of the people with hep C and about 20% or less of the people who
get Hep B end up with the hard to kill version of the virus. (ie chronic)
So like now, I've finished treatment and to the best of our technology, I
have antibodies but no live virus.
Thanks doc!!!! I like the warrior version better hahaha just kidding! alleyMessage 3 of 5 , Jul 8, 2001View SourceThanks doc!!!!
I like the warrior version better hahaha