Hepatitis B s (Surface) Antigen

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Overview of Hepatitis B s (Surface) Antigen

What is Hepatitis B s (Surface) Antigen?

This test is ordered when you have signs and symptoms of acute hepatitis like loss of appetite, jaundice, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain. Hepatitis B surface antigen test may be used for screening high risk people like homosexuals, people infected with HIV, pregnant women etc. Sometimes, it may also help in diagnosing chronic hepatitis B infection.

Sample Type

The sample type collected for Hepatitis B s (Surface) Antigen is: Blood

Preparation for Hepatitis B s (Surface) Antigen

  • No special preparation required

Why Get Tested for Hepatitis B s (Surface) Antigen?

  1. If you have signs or symptoms associated with acute hepatitis to determine if they are due to Hepatitis B infection. Various signs and symptoms include fever, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, jaundice, dark urine 
  2. As a follow up test if routine tests like ALT and AST are elevated 
  3. If you are at high risk for chronic Hepatitis B infection like close contact with someone infected with HBV, pregnant woman, if you are infected with HIV, homosexual men 
  4. At a regolar basis to monitor people with chronic hepatitis B infection


What Results of Hepatitis B s (Surface) Antigen mean?

Interpretations

       The tests for hepatitis B can be ordered individually but usually ordered in combination with other tests 

  • Positive HBsAg along with positive hepatitis B e antigen tests usually indicate acute infection with the virus and in the infective stage 
  • Positive hepatitis B surface antigen along with positive core and envelope antibody denotes chronic infection but low risk of infection i.e. carrier state 
  • Negative HBsAg with positive hepatitits B surface antibody usually indicates no active or prior infection and the individual is not immune 
  • Negative surface antigen with positive hepatitis B surface antibody denotes that you are immunized against the virus





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