Detection of hepatitis B viral DNA in sera positive for antibody to delta antigen.

Hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA was detected in 17 sera positive for antibody to delta antigen (anti-delta). Six sera from two patients were positive for HBV DNA. Analysis by the Southern blot technique showed identity between HBV DNA in anti-delta-positive and anti-delta-negative sera. These results show that anti-delta-positive sera contain HBV DNA, although… CONTINUE READING