Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A antibody is produced in response to an infection with the hepatitis A virus or to the hepatitis A vaccine. The test detects the presence of this antibody. This is used to diagnose an infection with hepatitis A or to evaluate the need for or response to the hepatitis A vaccine. It is done if you have symptoms of an infection with and/or have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus (HAV); if you have chronic liver disease; or if you have received the HAV vaccine

PREPARATION FOR TEST

A blood sample is obtained by inserting a needle into a vein in the arm.

NORMAL FINDINGS

Negative.

Ranges for normal findings may bary among different laboratories and hospitals. You should always check with your doctor after having lab work or other tests done to discuss the meaning of your test results and whether your values are considered within normal limits.

MEANING OF TEST

Your caregiver will go over the test results with you and discuss the importance and meaning of your results, as well as treatment options and the need for additional tests if necessary.

OBTAINING THE TEST RESULTS

It is your responsibility to obtain your test results. Ask the lab or department performing the test when and how you will get your results.