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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