Interpretation of Isolated Hepatitis B Core Antibody
Last updated: May 29, 2013
A 36-year-old injection-drug user presents for follow-up management of cellulitis. As part of his general medical evaluation he undergoes serologic testing for hepatitis. His results show a positive antibody for hepatitis C (HCV) and negative hepatitis A (HAV) antibody. Results from his hepatitis B virus (HBV) serology panel show the following:
The patient began injecting drugs at age 23 and he continues to regularly inject drugs. He does not recall ever having had acute HBV infection and he does not ever remember receiving HBV vaccine.
Which one of the following most accurately describes the patient's HBV serology results?