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HIV-Hep blood test results - why aren't they zero?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 3, 2007
  • 00:50 PM

11 weeks pregnant, my blood test results came back a couple of days ago. It's not the first time I've been screened for Heps B and C plus HIV, but results for immigration purposes always came back a nice reassuring "negative".

This time, the results were as follows:

HBsAG - E 0.26
HCV - E 0.05
HIV - E 0.05
Anti HBs E 0.0

When I flapped the results in my doctor's face and hyperventilated, she waved them away and assured me that anything between 0-1 was fine.

Could somebody explain what exactly these results mean? Have I been exposed to any of the viruses in the past? Do I have traces of antibodies, and if so, how?

WHY AREN'T ALL THE RESULTS A BIG FAT UNAMBIGUOUS ZERO?!

Will my baby be okay?

Please, please help.

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  • I'm only replying to myself in the hopes that it will bump my question back up the list a little... I live in a small town in southern Turkey and while the health service is truly excellent here I can't seem to find a doctor who will give me a straight answer, which is worrying me :(
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 6, 2007
    • 03:54 AM
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  • Have you ever stepped on a scale and it zeroed out over/under true zero? And you were the only one using it? Well, lab instruments should be calibrated daily. So maybe your tests were done at the end of the day. Don't worry, be happy and savor your pregnancy. Banish all worries and negative thoughts, as this WILL effect your baby.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • November 7, 2007
    • 01:17 PM
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  • I would get a copy of the test results and go to a different doctor who will discuss the results with you. Since you are pregnant, I would feel better with a second opinion.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • November 8, 2007
    • 07:05 AM
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