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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: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Gehring replied 2 years 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 2 years ago.
no they did not
Expert:  Dr. Gehring replied 2 years ago.
What did you mean by "I responded successfully" then? What happened?
Customer: replied 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago.
Expert:  Dr. Gehring replied 2 years ago.
Hello! May I ask again: What do you mean by " I respondend successfully", when your antibodies weren't tested?