Also Known As
Anti Core Antibodies, Anti-Hepatitis Bc, Antibody to Hepatitis Bc, HBV (Hepatitis B Virus), Hepatitis B Virus (HBV), Hepatitis Bc, HBC
The Purpose of a Hepatitis B Core Antibody Test
There are multiple types of viral hepatitis, including hepatitis B. This liver infection is transmitted through contact with bodily fluids during unprotected sex or sharing drug needles, or even between a pregnant mother and her fetus. Hepatitis B can be a short-term illness with mild or non-existent symptoms, but it can also turn into a chronic disease for some people, and that raises their risk of liver cancer or liver disease. If you’re not vaccinated against hepatitis B, and you think you’ve been exposed to the disease, you may want a hep B core ab test.
What Does the Hepatitis B Core Antibody Blood Test Measure?
This test looks for IgM antibodies, which are produced after the hepatitis B virus enters your system. (A hepatitis B core total antibody test assesses your levels of IgM and IgG antibodies.)
Who Should Take a Hepatitis B Core Antibody IgM Test?
You should get a hepatitis B igm core antibody test if you’ve been exposed to bodily fluids from someone who has the disease and you are experiencing the following symptoms:
- Low-grade fever
- Loss of appetite
- Stomach pain and nausea
- Muscle and joint aches
- Jaundice (including yellow skin and dark urine)
Hepatitis B Core Antibody Test Preparation
A hepatitis B igm core antibody test doesn’t require any special preparation.
Hepatitis B Core Antibody IgM Blood Test Results
You are free of hepatitis B if you get a negative or nonreactive test result. A positive result reveals the presence of hepatitis B, and it may call for further testing and treatment.
Where Can I Get a Hep B Core AB Test Near Me?
Don’t put your health at risk; if you think you’ve been infected with hepatitis B, it’s important to get tested right away so you can get treatment and/or peace of mind. At Personalabs, you can
shop online and choose from our comprehensive collection of more than 400 health tests. Here’s how easy it is to get the health answers you need:
Step 1: Buy your test. (You may not need your physician to sign off on the purchase, depending on the state where you live.) The test comes with a downloadable lab order that you’ll take to your blood draw appointment.
Step 2: Use our lab locator to find the most convenient location from among our 4,000-plus partner Labcorp or Quest Diagnostics facilities nationwide.
Step 3: Bring the test order to the lab for your appointment and complete your blood testing.
Step 4: Find your results in your secure Personalabs portal; they should arrive between 2 and 10 business days after your test. Contact us if you need the results on a specific date, and we can work with your lab. If you need help with health recommendations, schedule a telehealth visit with a Personalabs board-certified doctor.
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