Can Hepatitis B Turn Negative?
Good morning r nImay, 25 years old. I am currently being treated for acute hepatitis B, I want to ask, can the positive hepatitis be negative later? will it really be positive for a lifetime if tested,? r ntrims
Good afternoon, thank you for asking at HealthReplies.com. Hepatitis B is a disease that attacks the liver caused by a virus with the same name. This virus can infect a person through a variety of media, such as sharing toothbrushes, razors, and towels infected by patient's blood, using illegal drugs and using unsterile syringes, having sex with sufferers, undergoing an unsterile blood transfusion , piercing or tattooing the body in places where the equipment is not sterile, and in contact with blood, for example for those who work as paramedics or laboratory staff.
Hepatitis B has two types depending on the duration of the disease, some are acute and some are chronic. Chronic occurs when the condition of the disease lasts more than 6 months, and is more dangerous than the acute one that is less than 6 months. Regarding your question, if you mean negative it is cured, of course hepatitis B sufferers can recover. But if you mean negative is the results of the examination in the form of HBsAg, then this test can still show positive results even though the infection has occurred in the past (chronic). If it has healed, then the result can be negative. Apart from HBsAg, there are also a number of other tests such as anti-HBsAg and HbcAg that can be done in order to diagnose this condition, but actually you don't need to worry because the treatment will look at the whole examination and not just the positives. So, hopefully answering your question.