Hepatitis B s (Surface) Antigen

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Test Results & Interpretations

Overview of Hepatitis B s (Surface) Antigen

Test Description

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.

Why Get Tested

  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

Precautions

  • No special preparation required

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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Gen-X Diagnostics is a unit of ARA Healthcare Pvt. Ltd. founded by leading applied research scientist Dr. Rama Mukherjee. Gen-X specializes in the field of molecular diagnostics, focusing on the development of genetic, biological and molecular diagnostic services. It is one of the first of its kind R&D Company focusing on development of genetic, biological and molecular diagnostic services with an intention to assisting its global partners in shortening the cycle and lowering the cost of drug discovery and development by providing cost effective and efficient co-development and outlicencing solution. Gen X Diagnostics is a unique leading Molecular Diagnostics in India offering a wide range of tests for infectious diseases, transplantation medicine, prenatal diagnostics, cancer, genetic disorder, metabolic and hormonal disorders. Gen-X Diagnostics has started its diagnostics operation from Dec 2007. We do reflect a commitment to improving the lives through the delivery of innovative diagnosis and therapeutic products that enable and provide optimal care.

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