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Hepatitis B Testing


The hepatitis B blood test is used to find markers of hepatitis infection.  It's used to look for antibodies that your body makes to fight off infection, or to look for genetic material that can cause hepatitis.  Uses for the test include:

  • To detect acute hepatitis B infection: hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg), hepatitis B core antibody (anti-HBc), IgM and sometimes hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg)

  • To diagnose chronic HBV hepatitis: HBsAg, hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA, and sometimes HBeAg

  • To monitor chronic hepatitis B infection and its treatment: HBsAg, hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg), hepatitis B surface antibody (anti-HBs) IgG, hepatitis B e antibody (anti-HBe) IgG and HBV DNA

  • To detect previous exposure to hepatitis B, in a person who is immune compromised (when the virus can become reactivated): hepatitis B core antibody (anti-HBc) total and anti-HBs

Other reasons for the test including the need to screen for hepatitis B infection in blood donors, at-risk people, to detect previous infection, or find out if someone is a carrier.

There are high-risk categories for people who may have hepatitis:

  • People who are in close contact with someone infected with hepatitis

  • People who were not vaccinated, with parents from countries with a high rate of Hepatitis.

  • Women who are pregnant

  • People who need a strong immune system for other illness

  • People infected with HIV

Some states also recommend screening for anyone who has possibly picked up an infection through a cut or scrape.
 

Symptoms of hepatitis may include:

  • Fever

  • Abdominal pain

  • Loss of appetite

  • Vomiting

  • Feeling Tired

  • Dark Urine

  • Joint Pain

  • Pale Stool

  • Yellowing of the eyes or skin (jaundice)

In some cases, your doctor may recommend that you be tested for hepatitis, even if you don't show any of the symptoms.
 

Visit a lab location nearest you today, no appointment needed.  Insurance is not required, but call 225-389-5020 to find out if your health plan will cover this test.

 

 

 

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Always seek the advice of a physician or qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

 

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