Hepatitis B Test
Test for Hepatitis B and Get Results Fast
Our Medical Advisory Board has selected the Hepatitis B Surface Antigen (HBaAg) Test with reflex confirmation. This highly sensitive hepatitis B test detects both acute and chronic infections. Hepatitis B testing is performed through a small blood sample for a fast, accurate and private testing experience.
The Hepatitis B Test Process
Hepatitis B Test Details
The Hepatitis B Surface Antigen Test with reflex confirmation screens for a specific protein found on the surface of the virus. This highly sensitive hepatitis B test can detect the virus at its earliest stages, even before symptoms appear. This test can identify both acute (recent) and chronic (long-term) infections.
Where to Test for Hepatitis B
Hepatitis B testing is available at nearly 4,000 private, FDA-approved or CLIA-certified labs nationwide. These are the same diagnostic laboratories used and trusted by doctors and hospitals nationwide. All labs in our network perform a variety of other tests—not just STD testing—so no one will know why you are there. All labs operate on a walk-in basis for convenient, flexible hepatitis B testing.
Hepatitis B Test Results
Hepatitis B test results are available 1 to 5 business days and are accessible online in our password-protected portal or by phone. For positive test results, a phone consultation with a staff doctor is available.
Things to Know Before Your Hepatitis B Test
When to get a Hepatitis B Test
A hepatitis B test should be included with any routine STD test panel. If concerned about a specific exposure, a hepatitis B test can detect positive results 4 to 6 weeks after exposure.1 For negative results, retesting is recommended at 3 months for the most accurate testing.
Common Hepatitis B Symptoms
Only half of adults with a newly-acquired hepatitis B infection with show symptoms.2 When present, symptoms of hepatitis B are often mimic the flu and may include fatigue, nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, jaundice and malaise (a general feeling of ill health).3 Since symptoms are vague and easily mistaken for other conditions, a hepatitis B test is the only way to diagnose this virus.
Why Test for Hepatitis B
About 840,000 to 1.4 million adults in the U.S. have a chronic hepatitis B infection.3 Left untreated, hepatitis B can lead to serious liver damage, cirrhosis and liver cancer. Fortunately, hepatitis B is preventable with through vaccination. Negative hepatitis B test results should be followed up with the vaccine.
Positive? We’ll Help You With Hepatitis B Treatment.
After testing, trained counselors are standing by to answer questions and help interpret results. For positive results, certified physicians are available for a complimentary, personalized phone consultation to discuss positive hepatitis B test results, answer questions and help guide you towards the best treatment options.
- Hepatitis B Foundation. Prevention and Vaccination FAQ. Hepatitis B Foundation. http://www.hepb.org/patients/prevention_and_vaccination.htm. Accessed July 2013.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vaccine – Preventable STDs. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/std/treatment/2010/vaccine.htm#a2. Last Updated Jan. 2011. Accessed July 2013.
- American Sexual Health Association. Hepatitis B. American Sexual Health Association. http://www.ashastd.org/std-sti/hepatitis/hepatitis-b.html. Accessed July 2013.
* ABOUT HIV TESTING
The HIV early detection test is a DNA-based test that can detect the virus as early as two weeks after possible exposure. However, our physician's recommend pairing the early detection test with the HIV Standard test, which is considered the "gold standard" in HIV screening. However, it may take up to 12 weeks for the HIV Standard test to provide accurate results. Repeat HIV testing is recommended for sexually active adults with multiple partners or concern of exposure.