Hepatitis B Virus Antibodies

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Also known as: HBV; Hep B; Hepatitis B; anti-HBs; Hepatitis B surface antibody; HBsAg; Hepatitis B surface antigen; HBeAg; Hepatitis B e-antigen; Anti-Hbe; Hepatitis e antibody; anti-HBc; Hepatitis B total core antibody; anti-HBc IgM; Hepatitis B core IgM; HBV DNA
Formal name: Hepatitis B virus
Related tests: Hepatitis A; hepatitis C; acute/chronic hepatitis panel; bilirubin; AST; ALT; GGT

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To detect, diagnose and follow the course of an infection with hepatitis B virus (HBV) or to determine if the vaccine against hepatitis B has produced the desired level of immunity

When to Get Tested?

If you have symptoms of a hepatitis B infection or are likely to have been exposed to the virus; if you have chronic liver disease (possibly due to some other cause), if you have received the vaccine, if you were born to a mother who was HBV positive or if you are being treated for HBV

Sample Required?

A blood sample taken from a vein in your arm

Test Preparation Needed?