Diagnosis and monitoring of hepatitis B virus infectivity. Recognition of resolution of hepatitis B infection with seroconversion of HBeAg to hepatitis Be antibody (anti-Hbe).
Absence or disappearance of HBeAg or anti-HBe does not rule out chronic hepatitis B carrier state and/or infectivity.
- HEPATITIS Be ANTIGEN
Collect specimen in SST tube. Centrifuge, aliquot serum into a plastic vial and refrigerate.
Presence of HBeAg usually indicates active viral replication and infectivity.