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Hepatitis B typically shows no symptoms, so the only way to know for sure if you’re infected is to take a Hepatitis B Test. An inflammation of the liver, hepatitis B is spread by way of contact with bodily fluids (semen, vaginal fluid, blood, and urine) which means it can be contracted by way of not only sexual acts, but also shared toothbrushes, razors, needles, tattoo needles, and any other practice in which these fluids can be passed from one person to another. Most people are vaccinated for Hepatitis B at birth or at a young age. If for any reason you have not, consult with your physician to find out if it is in your best interest to do so. The incubation period for hepatitis B can be from 45 to 160 days, so you’ll want to wait at least this duration after possible exposure to get a Hepatitis B test.
If left untreated, the hepatitis B virus can develop into a severe liver condition. As a result, it’s essential to be tested for hepatitis B to catch it in its early stages.
The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) summarizes that screening for hepatitis B involves blood tests that measure HBV antigens and antibodies. The hepatitis B surface antigen test detects the presence of HBV. A positive result means the person is currently infected and can pass the infection to others.
To schedule your hepatitis B test, place an order online and select the most convenient testing facility near you from our list of over 4,000 providers. Once you arrive, a certified staff member will collect a quick blood sample. Then, one of our CLIA-certified laboratories will process your sample and provide complete results in as little as 24-72 hours. This report is provided to you privately through a secure online portal.
Though some people can have hepatitis B for years without presenting any signs, others may develop symptoms. Generally, if a person does develop symptoms, this will occur within 6 weeks to 6 months after exposure to the virus. These symptoms can last a few weeks or several months.
The most common symptoms of hepatitis B, as reported by Panned Parenthood, include:
While several of these common symptoms are similar to those seen as an effect of various medical conditions, getting tested for hepatitis B is important as this disease can progress and damage your liver.
The test we use is the HBsAg, which are the initials for hepatitis B surface antigen.
A positive or ‘flagged’ result means our labs detected hepatitis B in your system. If you see a positive result, you will need further testing to determine if your infection is new or has been present in your body for longer. It is also important to note that you can spread the hepatitis B virus to others if you are positive. On the other hand, a negative or ‘unflagged’ result indicates that our labs did not find hepatitis B in your system.
For more detailed information, visit our Sample Test Results page to learn more about interpreting your results.
The United States Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) reports that hepatitis B is transmitted when infected blood, semen or another body fluid enters the body of someone who is not infected. Transmission can occur in several ways, including the following:
For this reason, it is essential to get tested if you have introduced any new sexual partners or used drugs using any of the methods mentioned earlier.
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With Priority Lab Testing, you can get tested and have your results typically within 24-72 hours. Save yourself the time you’d spend waiting weeks for an appointment with a doctor or a specialist.
By eliminating the lab costs associated with doctor and specialist visits, testing with Priority Lab Testing is more affordable and clear. Unlike a doctor’s office, you won’t incur hidden fees or additional costs with our laboratory testing services.
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The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates 296 million people lived with chronic hepatitis B infection in 2019, with 1.5 million new infections each year.
Hepatitis B is highly transmissible and one of the more common STDs. These are two compelling reasons to be tested for this STD.
The CDC recommends that the following high-risk populations get tested for hepatitis B:
Beyond these suggestions, it is also a good idea to be tested for hepatitis B if you have a new sexual partner, have shared drug injecting equipment with others, or present any of the common symptoms mentioned above.
We aim to deliver complete, comprehensive results promptly (usually within 24-72 hours after testing). If you have questions about your results, our care counselors are standing by, ready to assist. We can even put you in touch with a physician should you require additional assistance and/or prescription medication.
We offer treatment options for patients who test positive for chlamydia, gonorrhea, or trichomoniasis. If you receive a positive result, simply call and speak with a care counselor to schedule a phone consultation with a physician. Medication can be called into your local pharmacy, and no office visit is needed. We are partnered with physicians at PWNHealth so treatment can be prescribed if appropriate in all states. You must have a positive result before treatment can be authorized. The physician consult fee is $65.