Hepatitis B Testing
Our Accurate Hepatitis B Test
Our hepatitis B test is approved by the FDA and checks for chronic and acute hepatitis B. This test screens for the antibodies created by the body to fight the infection. It is important to diagnose hepatitis B early to avoid liver complications.
In case the results come back positive, there is a second test to confirm the rests. Our tests are highly accurate with a specificity rate of 99-100% and a sensitivity of 88%.
What you Need To Know About Hepatitis B Tests
How We Test For Hepatitis
We use blood samples to test for hepatitis B. These are provided by the person getting tested at the testing centers.
Hepatitis B Test Preparation
Since this is a blood test, there are no special preparations. You just walk into a testing center near you and provide the blood sample.
Who Should Get A Hepatitis B Test?
In most cases, hepatitis B will not show any signs or symptoms. This means that there are people who might not be aware they are infected. If the symptoms appear they might include pain in the lower part of the abdomen, vomiting, nausea, loss of appetite, joint pain, hives, fever, headache, and extreme fatigue. These will usually appear between six weeks and six months of infection.
What Do Hepatitis B Results Mean?
The results will come back as negative or positive. Negative results indicate that there is no trace of the virus in the body. If they are positive, it means that the test found traces of the hepatitis B virus in your blood sample. You will have access to our professional doctors for any questions you might have.
Is There A Hepatitis B Cure?
Unfortunately, there is no hepatitis B cure. However, over 90% of hepatitis B cases disappear on their own which means it is not as serious as hepatitis A. If the infection remains in the body for 6 months, the infection is chronic. Once diagnosed, there are medications that slow the infection down and protect you from liver damage.
When Should I Get Tested?
Hepatitis B infection is highly infectious and is spread though bodily fluids from an infected person. In most cases, the transmission is through intravenous drugs, shared drug injection equipment and sexual intercourse. Our experts recommend waiting for about 6 weeks of exposure to get tested for hepatitis B.
If you suspect you have been exposed to the virus, you should include hepatitis B in your next STD checkup.