Posted by: Godwin | 2019/05/02


Calculating my Hepatitis B Lab Results

HI, I would like to know how to calculate my viral load based on my test results. The results i got from the clinic were given to me in red below Test: Hepatitis B DNA Viral Load Detected 6.27E+1 IU/mL HBV Viral Load conversion factor 1 IU/mL = 5.82 copies per mL. Values are expressed in Scientific E Notation (i.e E+X= 10 to the power of X) So i would like to know the copies or my viral load. As the place i am living in its difficult to get a specialist in time. My last doctor told me the following • An undetectable viral load (which means fewer HBV DNA than a lab’s equipment can identify) generally is lower than about 300 copies/mL. • Moderate levels of HBV DNA begin at about 10,000 to copies/mL. • High levels of HBV DNA can exceed 100,000 copies/mL. It is not unusual for someone with the hepatitis B “e” antigen (HBeAg) to have millions of HBV DNA. So please tell me how to calculate the copies of viral load from the result i have specified above. So in this case I can do my calculation and push to meet a doctor sooner rather than later. As it takes even a year to get access to a specialist where i live. If my load is low i can wait to meet a specialist and give others a chance who need it more. If you can also explain how you got to the reading it would be great. THanks for your help.

Expert's Reply


Cancer expert
- 2019/05/03

Dear Godwin, Re HBV viral load: This test measures the actual amount of hepatitis B in a blood sample, which helps determine whether HBV is reproducing in the liver. In a person with detectable HBeAg, an HBV viral load greater than 20,000 international units per milliliter (IU/mL) of blood indicates that the virus is active and has the greatest potential to cause damage to the liver. Similarly, in a person with an HBeAg-negative chronic hepatitis B, an HBV viral load of greater than 2,000 IU/mL indicates that the virus is active and has the potential to cause damage to the liver. Generally speaking, if the HBV viral load is above these numbers, treatment is considered necessary. However, HBV treatment decisions are based on multiple factors, and your treating physician may make recommendations based on other input. (MCH).

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