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Director of Clinical Content

Hep.B result

I recently had some blood work done and received the results under HEP. B.SURF.ab it says abnormal then result positive then range negative I have no clue what this means.
  • Female | 21 years old
  • Ethnicity: Other / Decline to State
  • Height: 5'2
  • Weight: 188lbs

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Medical reports can be confusing! The test indicates that you have the antibdoy to hepatitis B, meaning you are immune. From your age, it is most likely you are immune because you were previously vaccinated. Although the result is "Abnormal", it is quite normal, and expected that you would show antibody present because you have been vaccinated.
John G. Van Derwood
you have received vaccination
Gurbux Mansharamani
1. you had the vaccine,or had the infection and overcame it
David Resneck-Sannes
Hi. The hep B surface antibody (an antibody to the surface protein of the hepatitis B virus) is positive, meaning somewhere in the past, most likely, you were exposed to either hepatitis B virus or the hepatitis B vaccine (or, rarely, that you were developed natural immunity to hepatitis B). Without knowing your history & the rest of the panel (hepatitis B surface antigen / Ag, and hepatitis B viral load) it is hard to advise you on what this means. Again, most likely you were exposed either to the virus or to the vaccine. It does not necessarily mean that hepatitis B is active.
Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
It means you have immunity to Hep B from either prior exposure or from regular immunization.
Andrew Hromada
Your test confirms that you have been exposed to Hep B. Your explanation below your positive result clearly states what this means. The Normal is Negative for the virus and the range of normal is shown on your test. You need further testing to see if you are still infectious and you should not donate blood at the Red Cross.
Having an antibody means your body has been exposed to the virus. It could be a prior infection or maybe you were vaccinated. If there is a concern about infection HBsAg ( surface antigen)test is useful as it shows persistent infection
It means more than likely that you received the three series of Hepatitis b vaccines and that your immune system has produced protective antibodies against the hepatitis b virus. That is exactly the lab test that turns positive to prove your "Immune" status. Ask for your childhood immunization record and you will find the three series of shots.