Hepatitis A Test
How We Test For Hepatitis A
We only use FDA-approved tests in our clinics. For the Hepatitis A Virus (HAV), our doctors make use of Hepatitis A Antibody test. This test identifies the protein molecules that are produced by the body in response to the HAV infection. It can also ascertain whether the infection is acute or chronic, which is a valuable piece of information for your doctor.
Hepatitis A Testing FAQs
Does hepatitis A test use blood or urine?
The Hepatitis A Antibody test uses only a little blood sample. When you visit one of the testing facilities, a trained technician will draw out your blood sample for the test.
What do I need to do to prepare for the test?
Nothing. There are no particular precautions like fasting that need to be observed before coming in for the test.
When is the right time to test for Hepatitis A?
The HAV virus has an incubation period of around 4 weeks. So, it is recommended that the patient come in for testing only after 2 weeks to 7 weeks from the time of initial exposure. Only in rare cases do HAV prove to be life-threatening in the initial stages. Around a tenth of the patients are also at the risk of contracting the disease again in a matter of 6 months. So, a round of tests after 6 months of the initial infection are also prescribed.
How did I contract Hepatitis A?
HAV infection is contracted through both sexual and non-sexual contact. It can enter a patient’s body by eating or drinking anything contaminated with infected feces. On the other hand, it can also infect you, if you had anal to mouth contact.
What do the test results mean?
Test results spell out whether the sample tests positive or negative for HAV. If it is positive, then you have HAV antibodies in your system, which indicates the presence of the HAV infection. If they are negative, there is no trace of HAV antibodies in your blood sample.
Is hepatitis A curable?
There is no absolute cure for HAV, as of today. But, medication can help people maintain their liver’s health. Further, people who are at the risk of contracting the disease should observe good personal hygiene and get vaccinated. This is applicable to all children above the age of one year.
Who should get tested for Hepatitis A?
Anyone can contract an HAV infection. However, the people who are most prone to the disease are those who engage in oral to anal sex, gays, and also travelers who have been to countries that have a high rate of Hepatitis A infections.
When is the Right Time to Get Tested For Hepatitis A?
Given the fact that almost 25% of the US population suffers from one or the other STD, it will be a good decision to get tested for a disease like Hepatitis A now. However, it becomes all the more important to get tested if you have been to another country, where the disease is more prevalent, or have indulged in sexual acts that may lead to the disease.
Also, if you have tested positive for other STDs, it becomes all the more important to include the HAV test in your routine testing panel too.
We offer the whole suite of STD tests and our counselors can also recommend you the tests that you should undertake, in order to ensure a clean bill of health.
What happens if you test positive for Hepatitis A?
If you have tested positive for Hepatitis A, you cannot be cured. But, you can practice good hygiene and eating habits to continue to live a normal life. Your doctor will keep monitoring your liver for any abnormal activity and you should make sure to check with your physician before consuming any kind of medication.