Hepatitis B

This is a test used to diagnose and follow the course of an infection with hepatitis B or to determine if the vaccine against hepatitis B has produced the desired level of immunity. It is used if you have symptoms of a hepatitis B infection or are likely to have been exposed to the hepatitis B virus (HBV); if you have chronic liver disease due to some other cause; or if you have received the hepatitis B vaccine.

PREPARATION FOR TEST

A blood sample is drawn by needle from a vein in the arm.

NORMAL FINDINGS

Negative

Ranges for normal findings may vary 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.