Okay, so, question!

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  1. Jayce

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    So I decided last week when I was in the doctors with a serious muscle issue in my shoulder (work sucks) I randomly said, you know, I'd like a blood test. So I got one done. In there they scan for hiv/aids/hep unless you have symptoms for other STDs and whatnot.

    So I came back negative for HIV.
    However I came back as "reactive" for Hep B. He asked me if I had a Hep B vaccine and I said I'm not sure, I believe so. After some confusion he looked back in my chart and I got the Hep B vaccine back in '94. He said ohhh okay good good that answers my question.

    He said that with the vaccine, it will show up at Hep B positive. However, it being a vaccine it should prevent any Hep B period from infecting me.

    I guess my question is, how do you tell if you're Hep B positive then? Or is that even a proper question to ask, since you have the vaccine already?
     
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    Well, do you know what a vaccine is? The reason why you are showing "reactive" for Hep B is because when you received the vaccine, you were injected with a dead or weakened form of the virus. In other words, you were "infected" with a weaker form of the virus when you received a vaccine for it. Usually there are mild symptoms such as a slight fever, etc, after the initial inoculation. This causes your body's immune system to produce antibodies to fight any future infections from the full-blown form of the virus.

    As for your question regarding how you know you're infected, they do a test for Hep B that measures the amount of the virus in your body. If the amount is higher than a vaccine then you are Hep B positive. You don't have to worry about that though, because you have been vaccinated. Just keep current on your booster shots!
     
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    Hm.. I wonder how long the shots last then?
     
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    Hope that helps Jayce.
     
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    So more or less it's still up in the air if another Hep B shot would be needed... and right now, it's not.

    So, I still don't have Hep B or anything, do I? :lol Right? :ugh
     
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    No you don't. See post #2 for explanation as to why. :lol