Hepatitis A Blood Test
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Hepatitis A Blood Test
The Hepatitis A Blood Test is a laboratory test that detects the presence of the Hepatitis A virus (HAV) antibodies in your blood, to confirm the state of infection.
- Hepatitis A Antibodies IgG & IgM
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Hepatitis A Antibodies IgG & IgM
Hepatitis A antibodies are proteins that the body produces in response to the hepatitis A virus. There are two types of hepatitis A antibodies: IgG and IgM.
IgG antibodies are the most common type of hepatitis A antibody. They develop after a person has been infected with the virus and typically remain in the body for life. IgG antibodies provide protection against future infection with the virus.
IgM antibodies are less common than IgG antibodies. They develop early on during an infection and typically disappear within six months. However, some people may continue to produce low levels of IgM antibodies for up to a year after infection.
Both IgG and IgM antibodies can be detected through a blood test. A positive result indicates that a person has been exposed to the hepatitis A virus at some point in their life.
Hepatitis A antibodies are important for two main reasons. First, they can be used to diagnose an infection with the virus. Second, they can be used to determine if a person is immune to the virus.
If you have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus, it is important to get tested for hepatitis A antibodies. This will help your doctor determine the best course of treatment and protect you from future infections.
Symptoms of Hepatitis A include:
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)
- Dark urine
- Abdominal pain
- Loss of appetite
If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to see a doctor right away. Hepatitis A can be a serious infection, so early diagnosis and treatment are essential.
Why might I need a hepatitis A blood test?
You may need a hepatitis A blood test if you have symptoms of hepatitis A, such as jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), dark urine, light-coloured stools, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, or loss of appetite. The hepatitis A blood test may also be ordered as part of a routine health check-up.
What do the results of the hepatitis A blood test mean?
HAV antibodies are produced in response to infection with the hepatitis A virus. If you have HAV antibodies in your blood, it means that you have been infected with the hepatitis A virus at some point in your life. Most people who are infected with hepatitis A virus will recover completely and will not develop any long-term health problems. However, some people may experience chronic liver disease or even death. If you have questions about the meaning of your hepatitis A blood test results, be sure to speak with your healthcare provider.
The Hepatitis A Blood Test is a simple and painless way to find out if you have been infected with the hepatitis A virus. The test can be ordered as part of a routine health check-up or if you are experiencing symptoms of hepatitis A. A sample of your blood is collected and sent to a laboratory for analysis. If you have HAV antibodies in your blood, it means that you have been infected with the hepatitis A virus at some point in your life. Most people who are infected will recover completely, but some may experience chronic liver disease or death. Talk to your healthcare provider if you have any questions about your hepatitis A blood test results.
Additional Insight from Dr Sameer Nakedar, MBBS, MRCGP, PGCert
Hepatitis A is a type of viral infection that causes hepatitis and can inflict damage to the liver. Hepatitis can present as jaundice or deranged liver function.
Is this test for you?
If suspect you might have ingested food or liquid that was contaminated by faeces you should be tested for Hepatitis A immediately. Most hepatitis cases are found in countries where there is poor sanitation. There is also an increased risk of hepatitis A for men who have sex with men and those who inject drugs. If you suspect that you might have been exposed to the virus, it is important to take a test.
Experts Opinion on Hep A Tests
"This is a test to check for a Hepatitis infection and determine whether it’s acute or chronic. This will give you a picture of whether you need immediate treatment or if you’ve been exposed to hepatitis in the past."
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Hepatitis A Blood Test Information
Specification of Hepatitis A Blood Test
- Test name: Hepatitis A Blood Test
- Also known as & related tests:
- Test tube:
- Brand: Welzo
- Turn around time: Approx. 24 hours
- Lab test ranges:
- Test Kit Marking: MHRA/UKCA
- Location of Lab: United Kingdom
What is a Hepatitis A Blood Test?
A Hepatitis A Blood Test is a home health test offered by Welzo. The Hepatitis A Blood Test can be taken from the comfort of your home using a finger prick sample, which is then sent back to our lab for analysis and interpretation.
What does a Hepatitis A Blood Test for?
A Hepatitis A Blood Test tests for the following: .
What are the benefits of a Hepatitis A Blood Test?
Checking your health through the use of Hepatitis A Blood Test is an important way to track your health. Home testing offers the convenience of conducting health assessments in the comfort of your own home, while enabling quicker, more private results without the need for visiting a healthcare facility.
Can a GP review my Hepatitis A Blood Test?
Yes, Welzo offers a GP review service for the Hepatitis A Blood Test. Follow the link if you would like to have an online GP appointment with your Hepatitis A Blood Test.
Are Hepatitis A Blood Tests available on the NHS?
The NHS offers Hepatitis A Blood Tests subject to eligibility requirements, consultations and local guidelines.
Hepatitis A Blood Test Kit and Ordering
How can a Hepatitis A Blood Test be ordered?
A Hepatitis A Blood Test can be ordered online through Welzo's secure checkout. Select the Hepatitis A Blood Test and add the patient's name and details, then checkout for next-day delivery.
What is included in the Hepatitis A Blood Test test kit?
The Hepatitis A Blood Test contains the following items in the test kit:
- 1 x UN3373 Test Kit for Biological Substances Category B (test kit design may vary from images displayed online depending on the test selected.
- 1 x Free Return Label
- 1 x Finger Prick Lancet / Urine Sample Pouch or Swab (depending on the test ordered)
- 1 x Cleansing Wipe/ Alcohol Swab
Hepatitis A Blood Test Biomarkers and Results
What biomarkers are tested for in a Hepatitis A Blood Test?
The Hepatitis A Blood Test checks for the following biomarkers:
What are the results ranges for a Hepatitis A Blood Test?
Hepatitis A Blood Test reference ranges vary based on age, sex, population sample and numeric test result ranges. However, once you complete your tests, you will receive clear reference ranges for your Hepatitis A Blood Test.
What is a normal test range for Hepatitis A Blood Test?
The Hepatitis A Blood Test range will be provided on the advanced Welzo reporting panel which will factor in multiple aspects such as age, population size comparison and biological sex.
Hepatitis A Blood Test Procedure and Timing
When should a Hepatitis A Blood Test be taken?
It is best to take a Hepatitis A Blood Test first thing in the morning.
How long does a Hepatitis A Blood Test take?
The typical turnaround for a Hepatitis A Blood Test is 24 hours from receipt at the Welzo laboratory, Monday to Thursday. However, results may come back faster or slower depending on how busy the Welzo laboratory is and if you have requested any biomarkers that take longer to test for. In this case, results can take up to 5 days.
Are there any special preparations required before taking the Hepatitis A Blood Test (e.g., fasting)?
We will let you know via email if there are any special requirements for the Hepatitis A Blood Test. However, typically we recommend you take a Hepatitis A Blood Test first thing in the morning, fasted.
What is the best time to post my Hepatitis A Blood Test?
The best time to return your Hepatitis A Blood Test sample is Monday to Thursday, before 14:00 to ensure the product arrives at our lab on time for same-day analysis.
What sample is required for a Hepatitis A Blood Test?
The Hepatitis A Blood Test requires a capillary blood sample using a that is collected from a finger-prick blood sample.
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