Hepatitis A (Antibodies)
CAN I GET A HEPATITIS A ANTIBODY 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. The Hepatitis A Antibody (Total) Test will determine a prior Hepatitis A infection or an acute Hepatitis A infection.
Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver that can be contracted through unprotected sex, using contaminated needles, or other causes.
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 A?
If left untreated, hepatitis can lead to fatigue or more serious issues like liver failure. What’s most disturbing is how hepatitis can remain dormant in your body for years and cause no outward physical symptoms. It may be impossible to detect hepatitis with just a physical examination because you may not have any noticeable symptoms.
OTHER RELEVANT LAB TESTS:
Customers typically purchase the Hepatitis Panel instead of justHepatitis A because it tests for 3 variations of the hepatitis virus, not just one. Tests that go along with Hepatitis A (total) test include the Liver Function Panel (Hepatic Function) and theBasic Check‐Up.
WHAT ARE THE TEST RESULT RANGES?
There are no numeric ranges for this test. If your results show positive, this means that you have been infected with Hepatitis A. If your test is negative and you know you have been exposed to Hepatitis A, you may wish to be tested again in 6 to 9 weeks.
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, please contact your primary care physician.