Hepatitis B Blood Test
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Hepatitis B Blood Test
The Hepatitis B Blood Test is a screening test that can help detect the presence of the Hepatitis B virus in the body.
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Hepatitis B Antibodies
Hepatitis B antibodies are proteins that the body produces in response to the hepatitis B virus. There are two types of hepatitis B antibodies: HBsAb and HBeAb.
HBsAb, also known as surface antibodies, develop after a person is infected with the virus and typically remain in the body for life. HBsAb provide protection against future infection with the virus.
HBeAb, also known as early antigen antibodies, develop during the early stages of an infection. They usually disappear within six months, but some people may continue to produce low levels of HBeAb for up to a year after infection.
Both HBsAb and HBeAb can be detected through a blood test. A positive result indicates that a person has been exposed to the hepatitis B virus at some point in their life.
- Symptoms of hepatitis B include:
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)
- Dark urine
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal pain
- Loss of appetite
If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to see a doctor right away. Hepatitis B can be a serious infection, so early diagnosis and treatment are essential.
The test is simple and easy to use, and it provides fast results. A positive result indicates that you have been infected with the Hepatitis B virus and will require treatment. A negative result means that you are not infected and do not need treatment. Talk to your doctor about getting a hepatitis B blood test if you believe you may be at risk for infection.
Hepatitis B is a serious viral infection that can cause liver damage and death. The virus is spread through contact with blood or other bodily fluids from an infected person. Anyone can get hepatitis B, but some people are at higher risk than others. These include healthcare workers, people who have multiple sex partners, people who inject drugs, and people with certain medical conditions.
A Hepatitis B blood test can help diagnose the virus and determine if you need treatment. Treatment for Hepatitis B may include antiviral medications, vaccinations, and rest. If you have the virus, it is important to take steps to prevent spreading it to others. This includes using condoms during sex, not sharing needles or other drug-related equipment.
If you think you may have been exposed to the Hepatitis B virus, it's important to get tested as soon as possible. A blood test can tell you if you have the virus and, if so, how long you've had it.
There are two types of tests that can be used to detect hepatitis B: the HBsAg test and the anti-HBc test. The HBsAg test looks for the hepatitis B surface antigen, which is an early marker of infection. The anti-HBc test looks for antibodies to the hepatitis B core antigen, which means that you've been infected with the virus at some point in your life.
In addition to a blood test, your doctor may also recommend a liver biopsy. This is a procedure in which a small sample of liver tissue is removed and examined for evidence of damage. A liver biopsy can help determine the severity of your infection and whether you need treatment.
Antiviral medications can help fight the virus and prevent it from damaging the liver. Interferon therapy helps the body fight the virus by stimulating the immune system. Both types of treatment are effective, but they can have side effects.
If you have Hepatitis B, it's important to get regular check-ups with your doctor and to stay up-to-date on your vaccinations. Hepatitis B is a serious virus, but it's also preventable. By getting vaccinated and getting regular medical care, you can help protect yourself and others from this potentially deadly disease.
Additional Insight from Dr Sameer Nakedar, MBBS, MRCGP, PGCert
Hepatitis B is a virus that can affect the liver in many ways. It can be mild or severe and may be there for a long time. You can acquire it from any body fluid or blood or even from a previously infected person, by sharing needles or through sexual transmission. If you've possibly been exposed to hepatitis B, you should consider taking a test. This panel can also be important in a pregnancy screen.
Why take the test?
If you have been exposed to the hepatitis B virus, it is important to get tested for hepatitis B antibodies. This will help your doctor determine the best course of treatment and protect you from future infections.
Experts Opinion on Hepatitis B Tests
"Hepatitis B is a common blood-borne virus that remains in the blood for a very long time. It may have been acquired without realising it, either by sexual transmission or handling any human products. This screen can be used to check if you have an acute or previous infection."
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Hepatitis B Blood Test Information
Specification of Hepatitis B Blood Test
- Test name: Hepatitis B Blood Test
- Also known as & related tests: Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) test, Hepatitis B panel, Hepatitis B virus (HBV) testing
- Test tube: SST (Gold microtainer)
- 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 B Blood Test?
A Hepatitis B Blood Test is a home health test offered by Welzo. The Hepatitis B 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 B Blood Test for?
A Hepatitis B Blood Test tests for the following:.
What are the benefits of a Hepatitis B Blood Test?
Checking your health through the use of Hepatitis B 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 B Blood Test?
Yes, Welzo offers a GP review service for the Hepatitis B Blood Test. Follow the link if you would like to have an online GP appointment with your Hepatitis B Blood Test.
Are Hepatitis B Blood Tests available on the NHS?
The NHS offers Hepatitis B Blood Tests subject to eligibility requirements, consultations and local guidelines.
Hepatitis B Blood Test Kit and Ordering
How can a Hepatitis B Blood Test be ordered?
A Hepatitis B Blood Test can be ordered online through Welzo's secure checkout. Select the Hepatitis B Blood Test and add the patient's name and details, then checkout for next-day delivery.
What is included in the Hepatitis B Blood Test test kit?
The Hepatitis B 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
- SST (Gold microtainer)
Hepatitis B Blood Test Biomarkers and Results
What biomarkers are tested for in a Hepatitis B Blood Test?
The Hepatitis B Blood Test checks for the following biomarkers:
What are the results ranges for a Hepatitis B Blood Test?
Hepatitis B 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 B Blood Test.
What is a normal test range for Hepatitis B Blood Test?
The Hepatitis B 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 B Blood Test Procedure and Timing
When should a Hepatitis B Blood Test be taken?
It is best to take a Hepatitis B Blood Test first thing in the morning.
How long does a Hepatitis B Blood Test take?
The typical turnaround for a Hepatitis B 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 B Blood Test (e.g., fasting)?
We will let you know via email if there are any special requirements for the Hepatitis B Blood Test. However, typically we recommend you take a Hepatitis B Blood Test first thing in the morning, fasted.
What is the best time to post my Hepatitis B Blood Test?
The best time to return your Hepatitis B 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 B Blood Test?
The Hepatitis B Blood Test requires a capillary blood sample using a SST (Gold microtainer) that is collected from a finger-prick blood sample.
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