Your doctor will talk with you
about anything that may stop you from having the test or that may change the
What To Think About
Hepatitis B can be prevented by vaccination.
The presence of
antibodies to the hepatitis B virus may mean that
you have developed immunity to the infection after being vaccinated. The
hepatitis B vaccination protects against hepatitis D infection
Hepatitis antibodies can take weeks or months to develop, so
a person infected with hepatitis may initially test negative if testing is done
early in the infection.
People who have received the hepatitis B
vaccine can have HBsAb antibodies without having any of the other hepatitis B
markers (HBcAb, HBeAb, HBsAg, HBeAg, and HBV
donated blood and organs are tested for hepatitis before being
Other tests that show how well the liver is working are
usually done along with hepatitis B tests. Examples include measurement of
bilirubin, alkaline phosphatase, alanine aminotransferase, and aspartate
states, some types of hepatitis infections must be reported to the local health
department. The health department can then issue a warning to other people who
may have been infected with the hepatitis virus, such as those who are close
contacts of someone with hepatitis B.
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Fischbach FT, Dunning MB III, eds. (2009). Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests, 8th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
Pagana KD, Pagana TJ (2010). Mosby’s Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests, 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby.