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Hepatitis B Testing

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Also known as: HBV Tests; Hep B; anti-HBs; Hepatitis B Surface Antibody; HBsAg; Hepatitis B Surface Antigen; HBeAg; Hepatitis B e Antigen; anti-HBc; Hepatitis B Core Antibody; anti-HBc, IgM; anti-HBe; Hepatitis B e Antibody; HBV DNA
Formal name: Hepatitis B Virus Testing

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To screen for or diagnose a hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection or to determine if the vaccine against hepatitis B has produced the desired level of immunity; may also be used to guide treatment and assess its effectiveness

When to Get Tested?

When you have risk factors for HBV infection or when you have signs and symptoms of acute hepatitis; when you have a condition that requires chemotherapy or drugs that suppress your immune system and you might have been exposed to HBV in the past; when you are being treated for HBV

Sample Required?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm

Test Preparation Needed?

None