hepatitis panel is a blood test used to find markers
of hepatitis infection. Hepatitis causes inflammation of the liver.
There are different hepatitis panels. Some tests look for proteins (antibodies) that the body makes to fight the
infection. Other tests look for
antigens or the genetic material (DNA or
RNA) of the viruses that cause hepatitis. A common
panel checks for:
The hepatitis C virus usually spreads through blood. The most common way that people get hepatitis C is through injection drug use, including sharing needles or syringes -- not through sex. But it's possible to get hepatitis C through sex.
You're more likely to get hepatitis C through sex if you or your partner have HIV or another sexually transmitted disease, have rough sex, or have more than one sex partner.
To lower your chances of getting hepatitis C through sex, avoid sex acts that could...
Your doctor may order a hepatitis panel if you have
symptoms of hepatitis. These symptoms include fever, vomiting, abdominal pain,
yellowing of your eyes or skin (jaundice), dark
yellow urine, and feeling very tired. This blood test also may be done if you
were recently exposed to a hepatitis virus, even if you do not have
If the term "w/reflex" is listed in your test results, this
means that the blood test was repeated to confirm a positive result on your
first hepatitis blood test. A positive result may mean that you have hepatitis
antibodies from a recent infection.