Many conditions can change
anti-HAV antibodies levels. Your doctor will talk with you about any abnormal
results that may be related to your symptoms and medical history.
Your results may need to be rechecked if you are taking some herbs or
other natural products.
What To Think About
Hepatitis A can be prevented by vaccination.
To learn more, see the topic
You also may be able to prevent
a hepatitis A infection even after you have been exposed to the
virus if you get a hepatitis A vaccination or a dose of
immunoglobulin. To learn more, see the topic
Hepatitis antibodies can take
weeks or months to develop, so your results may be negative even though you
have the early stages of an infection (false-negative).
Other tests that show how
well the liver is working are usually done if your doctor thinks you may have
hepatitis. These tests can include measuring levels of bilirubin, alkaline
phosphatase, alanine aminotransferase, and aspartate aminotransferase.
states require that some types of hepatitis infections be reported to the local
health department. The health department can then send out a warning to other
people who may have been infected with the hepatitis virus, such as those who
ate food served by a person who has the infection.
virus does not cause long-term illness, so there is no need for follow-up
testing once the infection goes away.
Other Works Consulted
Pagana KD, Pagana TJ (2010). Mosby’s Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests, 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerW. Thomas London, MD - Hepatology