Hep-B help please 
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 Hep-B help please

Hi,

I am very anxious about my case.

It might be three years ago when I was first infected by Hepatitis B virus.
A test made 9 month ago indicated my HBsAg and Core were postive and a new
test just finished last week showed HBsAg is positive, anti-HBs is negative
and anti-HBc is positive. From what discussed in text books (e.g.
http://www.***.com/ ),
I should have anti-HBs positive now ("appears weeks to months after clinical
illness"). I know that most Hepatitis B people in China (I am a Chinese)
are not able to get anti-HBs after many years. What should I look at my
case ? Any treatment can be done or needs to do ?

Thanks.

Peter Bee



Sat, 07 Mar 1998 03:00:00 GMT
 Hep-B help please
Unresolved Hepatitis B generally would be left alone unless there is a
specific reason for doing otherwise. Treatment with Interferon
occasionally works but is expensive and requires a lot of medical input
i.e you can't just take some home and use it. Recently some interesting
work has appeared where persons failing to produce there own resoloution
to their condition have been treated with Hepatitis B immune complexes
(that is HBsAg [Virus] and anti-HBs [antibody]) mixed together to form an
antigen-antibody complex. Such complexes are well recognised by the
immune system regardless of their origin and these have apparently
resulted in some of the treated persons spontaneously resolving
(clearing)their own infections. No other treatments really exist and the
latter of these is purely experimental at the moment.

--
Keith Appleyard BSc, Senior Scientific Officer, Virology
Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee DD1 9SY,



Sat, 14 Mar 1998 03:00:00 GMT
 Hep-B help please

Quote:

>i.e you can't just take some home and use it. Recently some interesting
>work has appeared where persons failing to produce there own resoloution
>to their condition have been treated with Hepatitis B immune complexes
>(that is HBsAg [Virus] and anti-HBs [antibody]) mixed together to form an
>antigen-antibody complex.

Anything like this going on with HCV?  How are the immune complexes
formed?  Are they made in a lab as generic for anybody?  Where is this
work going on?

-Dave



Sat, 14 Mar 1998 03:00:00 GMT
 
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