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The Purpose of a Hepatitis B Profile Test
Do you think you’ve been exposed to hepatitis B? Then time is of the essence to get diagnosed and treated for this highly contagious form of viral hepatitis. Spread via bodily fluids, hepatitis B affects the liver and can either be a short-term illness or a chronic condition that poses serious health risks (including liver cancer and liver disease). The hepatitis B panel test measures several markers, making it the most comprehensive screening for hepatitis B.
Hepatitis B Surface Antigen (006510)
What Does the Hep B Panel Test Measure?
The hep B profile blood test includes hepatitis B core antibody, hepatitis B surface antigen, and hepatitis B surface antibody. By including the hepatitis B core antibody test, the so-called core window is covered. This is a time period when the hepatitis B core antibody may be the only marker of a hepatitis B infection. Plus, having the test in the panel reduces the probability of a false negative occurring.
Who Should Take an HBV Profile Test?
Testing is often recommended if you’ve been exposed to someone with hepatitis B and have come into contact with their bodily fluids (such as during unprotected sex, sharing needles, etc.). The following are hepatitis B symptoms that could also call for a hepatitis B profile blood test:
- Appetite loss
- Decreased appetite
- Stomach pain and nausea
Hepatitis B Profile Test Preparation
You don’t have to follow special instructions before taking a hep B panel test.
Hepatitis B Panel Test Results
These tests look for the presence of antigens introduced when the hepatitis B virus enters the body, as well as antibodies produced by the immune system in response to the virus. A physician can use the results to determine whether you have hepatitis B.
Where Can I Get a Hepatitis B Panel Test Near Me?
Personalabs is your one-stop shop for a hep B profile test and other liver tests. Shop online and access our comprehensive range of 400+ tests that deliver fast, accurate data, so you can make informed decisions about your health. It couldn’t be easier to order the blood testing you need (and you may not even need a doctor’s authorization, depending on the state where you live):
Step 1: Purchase the test you want, then download the lab order that you’ll take to your blood draw appointment.
Step 2: Use the lab locator tool on the Personalabs website and you’ll quickly find a facility near you for testing. (We have more than 4,000 locations across America to choose from, thanks to our partnerships with Labcorp and Quest Diagnostics.)
Step 3: Bring your test order to the lab and have your blood drawn.
Step 4: Visit your secure and private Personalabs portal for results, typically between 2 and 10 business days after your test. If you have to get results by a certain date, contact us and we will reach out to the lab to expedite the test report. We also offer assistance after you receive your results by offering telehealth visits with one of our doctors, who can make recommendations for next steps.
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