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Hepatitis B

Result type: Qualitative

Hepatitis B is a viral infection that is caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV) and can cause inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis B can affect both men and women. It is transmitted through unprotected sex, sharing HBV contaminated syringes, and can be passed from mother to baby during childbirth. The LetsGetChecked HBV (Hepatitis B) test is a blood test.

Result ranges

ReactiveNon-reactive
The patient received a reactive hepatitis B test result. This is not a confirmed diagnosis of hepatitis B, but the patient’s blood sample has shown signs that follow-up testing is required.The infection was not detected in the patient’s blood at the time of testing. This is a highly accurate test, however, there is a small risk of a false-negative test result with any form of testing. This risk is greater if the instructions provided with the kit were not followed. There is usually a 4 to 9 week window period from the time of exposure for hepatitis B to become detectable. If a patient tested for hepatitis B before 9 weeks has passed or they are concerned that they might have been exposed to the infection, it is important that the patient repeats the test and talks to their doctor about any concerns. If the patient is pregnant or experiencing any symptoms, they should talk to their doctor.