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The Purpose of an HBeAg Blood Test
Hepatitis B is a form of viral hepatitis that affects the liver. The virus is passed between people through infected bodily fluids, which can occur during unprotected sex, needle sharing, or exposure for essential workers in a healthcare setting, among others. Acute hepatitis B is brief, with mild or no symptoms. However, chronic hepatitis B can lead to health risks, including liver disease or cancer. A hepatitis B e antigen test is one of the tools a physician can use to diagnose the virus or monitor your progress during treatment.
What Does the Hepatitis B e Antigen Lab Test Measure?
Hepatitis B e antigen is one of two main types of antigens (the other is hepatitis B surface antigen or HBsAg) that are detectable after the virus enters the body. These antigens trigger your immune system response, and your body produces antibodies to fight the infection.
Who Should Take an HBeAg Test?
You may want a hepatitis B e antigen blood test if you have these symptoms after close contact with an infected individual’s bodily fluids:
- Loss of appetite
- Stomach pain and nausea
You may be given this test alone, or with another test such as the HBsAg lab.
HBeAg Blood Test Preparation
There are no special requirements for taking a hepatitis B e antigen test.
Hepatitis B e Antigen Results
A negative, or nonreactive, result means the hep Be antigen couldn’t be found in your body. A positive reaction means the hepatitis B virus is still replicating and you are still contagious.
Where Can I Get an HBeAg Test Near Me?
Find hepatitis B e antigen blood tests, along with a comprehensive selection of other liver tests, at Personalabs. We’ve designed our online store to be accessible and streamlined, so it’s easy to order any of our 400-plus health tests (and you may not even need a doctor’s OK beforehand, depending on the state where you live). Here’s how it works:
Step 1: Purchase the test you want, then download the lab order that you’ll take with you to the testing appointment.
Step 2: Hop on our lab locator tool to find the nearest location among our 4,000-plus partner facilities nationwide. We work with two of the country’s top lab companies, Labcorp and Quest Diagnostics, so you’ll have plenty of options for testing.
Step 3: Go to the lab with your test order and complete your blood test.
Step 4: View the results in your private and secure Personalabs portal, usually between 2 and 10 business days after taking the test. We can also help if you need the results by a specific date; just contact us to learn more. And we are still here for you after the test is over, with telehealth visits where one of our board-certified doctors can go over the results with you.
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