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Hepatitis A Virus - IgG (Anti-HAV IgG)

HAV IgG
Overview
Interpreting Results

Overview of Anti-HAV IgG

What is Anti-HAV IgG?

It is ordered when you have symptoms of acute hepatitis like loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, jaundice. An HAV test can also be ordered if you have been exposed to the hepatitis virus through contaminated water or food.

Why is Anti-HAV IgG done?

  1. If you have symptoms suggesting hepatitis like jaundice, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, fever, joint pain 
  2. If you have been previously exposed to hepatitis A virus 

Preparation for Anti-HAV IgG

  • No special preparation required

Sample Type for Anti-HAV IgG

The sample type collected for Hepatitis A Virus - IgG is: Blood

Interpreting Anti-HAV IgG results

Interpretations

  • Positive HAV IgG with negative IgM usually indicate no active infection but previous exposure to hepatitis A virus or recent vaccination  
  • Negative HAV IgG usually signifies no current or previous HAV infection 
  • If the total antibody test or hepatitis A IgG result is positive and someone has never been vaccinated against HAV, then the person has had past exposure to the virus. About 30% of adults over age 40 have antibodies to hepatitis A


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