INSERM U773/CRB3, Université Paris-Diderot, Paris, France. firstname.lastname@example.org
There is a growing interest in serum HBsAg quantification (qHbsAg). HBsAg titers are negatively correlated with liver fibrosis in HBeAg(+) patients. In HBeAg(-) HBsAg level <1000 IU/ml and HBV-DNA titer <2000 IU/ml accurately identify inactive carriers. During PEG-IFN treatment qHBsAg identifies patients with no benefit from therapy at week 12, allowing stopping or switched- "week 12 stopping rule". During nucleos(t)ide analogues the role of qHBsAg need to be clarified. In clinical practice qHBsAg is a simple and reproducible tool that may be used in association with HBV-DNA to classify patients during the natural history of HBV and to monitor therapy.