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Hepatitis B Test

Blood test for the Hepatitis B virus

This tests screens for the presence of antibodies to Hepatitis B in your blood.

What does the Hep B test detect?

The hepatitis antibodies test is used to detect previous exposure to the HBV virus. This test is typically used to determine the need for a hepatitis vaccination, or to see whether someone has recovered from a hepatitis infection and is now immune to HBV. The test is done using a blood sample.

The benefits of getting tested

Emergency treatment given within the first few days of exposure can actually stop the process of infection. If the disease has progressed for a longer time, treatment can be given for individual symptoms, or in longer-term cases can reduce the risk of liver problems or damage.

Procedure

Preparing for test

Please arrive for your blood test well-hydrated.

During the test

This test is a simple blood test. A needle is inserted into a vein, usually on the inner arm near the elbow, and a small amount of blood is drawn. You may feel a pricking or scratching sensation.

Type of sample taken:

Blood

Results

Your doctor will call you with the results. If you prefer you can receive the results by email or give us a call when it is convenient for you.

FAQ

If I have contracted Hepatitis B, how quickly will symptoms appear?

Symptoms can begin to appear anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months after initial exposure. On average, symptoms will start to show at around 3 months.

I have had Hepatitis B in the past. Can I get it again?

No. As long as you have cleared the infection, the body develops antibodies against the virus that protect you for life.

How do I know if I have Hepatitis C?

The only way to know for sure is to get tested. Once you contract it, the Hepatitis C virus can cause damage to your liver without you experiencing any symptoms, so if you are unsure, it is important that you come in for a test.

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