Deciding to Initiate Antiviral Treatment in Patients with Chronic Hepatitis B Virus Infection
Last updated: February 13, 2013
You are asked to see a 30-year-old Korean man with chronic hepatitis B virus infection. He tested hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) positive more than 6 months ago. He has no other significant medical problems and his physical examination is normal, except for mild right upper quadrant tenderness. Additional laboratories demonstrate:
Hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg): positive
Which of the following statements is true?