Hepatitis B (Suface Antigen)
CAN I GET A HEPATITIS B SURFACE ANTIGEN LAB TEST AT ANY LAB TEST NOW?
Yes, you can.
AM I REQUIRED TO FAST FOR THIS LAB TEST?
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET MY LAB TEST RESULTS?
Test results generally take between 24 to 72 business hours after your specimen is collected.
There are several types of hepatitis – each caused by a different hepatitis virus. Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver that can be contracted through unprotected sex, using contaminated needles, or other causes.
You should be tested for Hepatitis B if you have symptoms of an infection or have been exposed to the Hepatitis B Virus (HBV). If you have chronic liver disease, you should also be tested. You may want to consider the Hepatitis Panel, which tests for a variety of the most common variations of hepatitis.
Common Variations of Hepatitis:
• Hepatitis A can be caused by consuming contaminated water or food.
• Hepatitis B can be contracted through sharing contaminated needles, having unprotected sex, or being exposed to infected blood from another person.
• Hepatitis C can be spread by blood from contaminated needles during drug use or tattooing as well as by having unprotected sex.
WHY DO I NEED TO BE TESTED FOR HEPATITIS B?
If left untreated, hepatitis can lead to fatigue or more serious issues like liver failure. What’s most disturbing is how the hepatitis virus can remain dormant in your body for years and cause no outward physical symptoms. In fact, Hepatitis B can have an incubation period of 1 to 6 months after exposure, so if you test negative today, you may want to consider retesting again at a later date (depending on the date of the exposure).
OTHER RELEVANT TESTS:
Customers typically purchase the Hepatitis Panel instead of just Hepatitis B Surface Antigen because it tests for 3 variations of the hepatitis virus, not just one. Tests that go along with Hepatitis B Surface Antigen Test include the Hepatic Panel and the Basic Check‐Up.
WHAT ARE THE TEST RESULT RANGES?
A negative result may indicate that you have never been exposed to Hepatitis B or you have recovered from an acute Hepatitis B infection. A positive result indicates that you have an active Hepatitis B infection.
HIGH RESULTS INDICATE:
There are no high results for this test. Test result will show a negative or positive.
LOW RESULTS INDICATE:
There are no low results for this test. Test result will show a negative or positive.
WHAT IF MY LAB TEST RESULTS ARE POSITIVE?
If your test results are positive, you should see your primary care physician.