Hepatitis B Test
When it comes to Hepatitis B testing, Hepatitis B Core Antibody Test is the best and the most reliable test available in the market. Unlike other tests available in the market, this test actually looks for the core antibody, i.e. IgM. This is a major differentiation between this test and the others that look for surface antigens that might disappear many times. IgM is the only reliable marker of the presence of the Hepatitis B virus. This is the test that is FDA-approved and also recommended by our doctors.
Hepatitis B Testing FAQs
Does this Hepatitis B test use blood or urine?
Our test only requires a small sample of blood. There is no need for any kind of swabs or undressing during the test.
Is there any preparation required prior to the test?
There is no special preparation needed before the test. The patient does not need to follow any particular diet or fasting prior to the test.
When is the right time to test for Hepatitis B?
Hepatitis B is a tricky disease, because even after infection, it is possible that the symptoms may not appear until as late as 6 months. However, when the symptoms do appear, they can include nausea, loss of appetite, pain in lower abdomen, vomiting, headache, pain in the joints, and so on. If you observe these symptoms, schedule a test at the earliest. The Hepatitis B test can detect the presence of the virus as early as 21 days. But, it is recommended to undergo the test only after 6 weeks of the initial infection.
What do the test results mean?
If the test results are negative, you are completely free of any Hepatitis B infection. However, if the test results show a positive result, it means you are suffering from Hepatitis B.
Is Hepatitis B curable?
No, there is no permanent cure for the disease. However, in the majority of a Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) infections, the patient’s body is able to cleanse it from the body over time. However, if you have tested positive for HBV for over 6 months, then it is imperative that you seek urgent medical attention to chart your future course of action. Once the degree of infection is ascertained, your doctor will prescribe medication in order to impede the spread of the infection and to protect the liver from further damage. Though Hepatitis B cannot be cured, it is possible to live a long and healthy life with the infection.
Who should get tested for Hepatitis B?
This is a highly infectious disease and if you think there is even a slight chance of exposure to the disease, it is prudent to get yourself tested. The people, who are at the highest risk are those who have either lived or had intercourse with an infected partner. Sharing needles with an HBV infected individual for intravenous drug use can also lead to Hepatitis B. Given the contagious nature of the disease, it is recommended that you get tested for HBV as part of the regular STD screening.
When is the Right Time to Test for Hepatitis B?
If you are suffering from any of the symptoms of the HBV infection, then you should immediately get yourself tested. Other than that, people who have had unprotected sex with strangers or those who have a sexual partner suffering from the infection should get an HBV test done immediately. You should make HBV testing a part of the regular STD checkup. It is also important to include other prevalent STDs like gonorrhea, chlamydia, and so on, in your testing suite.
What happens if I test positive for Hepatitis B?
If you test positive for the disease, you are entitled to a free consultation with one of our doctors. They will educate you about the disease and help you cope with it. They will also be more than happy to answer any kind of questions that you may have about the disease. If required, they might even refer you to an expert at their sole discretion.