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I responded successfully to a hep vaccination does that mean

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i responded successfully to a hep b vaccination does that mean i don't have the disease if i was hep b positive at the time would i still have responded successfully?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Gehring replied 1 year ago.
Hi there, After vaccination the antibodies rise. Since you wrote you "responded successfully" I may assume that they measured the antibodies before and after vaccination?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
no they did not
Expert:  Dr. Gehring replied 1 year ago.
What did you mean by "I responded successfully" then? What happened?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
i had the hep b vaccination some people don't respond an example would be someone who was already hep b positive,,its a complicated disease,i responded so i was just wondering if that means i did not have chronic hep b at the time.
Expert:  Dr. Gehring replied 1 year ago.
Ok, I asked you what you meant my "respond". We see the responding in your blood; if you respond, me measure increasing antibodies. Since you didn't measure antibodies before, we just don't know if they increased! When the are high, they may be high from vaccination OR from the illness itself.
Expert:  Dr. Gehring replied 1 year ago.
So responding in whatever way doesn't mean you have been hepatitis B negative before vaccination. Some people, by the way, don't build antibodies despite the fact that they never had hepatitis B. They just don't respond to the vaccination.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
hello
Expert:  Dr. Gehring replied 1 year ago.
Hello! May I ask again: What do you mean by " I respondend successfully", when your antibodies weren't tested?

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