Hepatitis A virus - Total Antibody
What is Anti-HAV Total?
Hepatitis A virus (HAV) -Total Antibody test is a diagnostic examination that looks for the presence of both IgM and IgG antibodies in the blood. Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by the Hepatitis A virus. It can be transmitted by contaminated food, water, and coming in contact with someone having an infection.
The IgM antibodies indicate recent infection and develop soon after exposure to the virus. The IgM level usually returns to normal after a few weeks. The IgG antibodies are produced later and are indicative of a past infection. The IgG antibodies remain in the blood for an indefinite time.
Hepatitis A is associated with symptoms like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, fatigue, and joint pain. A positive result may indicate recent or past infection or immunity from vaccination.
Why is Anti-HAV Total done?
You must go for this test if you experience symptoms of Hepatitis A like fatigue, nausea, abdominal pain, loss of appetite and low grade fever. It will help diagnose the harmful condition so that you can take timely treatment.
Interpreting Anti-HAV Total results
If the results are positive, they are indicative of hepatitis A infection.