A blood test to establish your level of immunity to the Hepatitis B virus.
The presence of Hepatitis B antibodies means that the infection is at the end of its active stage. Hepatitis B antibodies are also extremely useful in protecting the body from getting Hepatitis B again in the future.
This Hepatitis B immunity test is done to work out whether the body has the required levels of immunity, or whether a vaccination is needed to boost immunity if antibody levels are low or absent.
Hepatitis B is sometimes known as serum hepatitis. The Hepatitis B virus can persist for years after the initial infection and can lead to chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis or liver cancer. In Africa and Asia approximately 20% of the population are carrying the virus. Today this is mainly transmitted sexually, needle sharing amongst drug abusers` and sometimes from tattooing or acupuncture with unsterile needles.
For people such as healthcare workers, police officers or others dealing with individuals with a high risk of Hepatitis B infection, this type of monitoring is vital.
This test is for anyone looking to check levels of Hepatitis B immunity, especially those in contact with high-risk individuals.
Symptoms that you may have been exposed to the Hepatitis B virus can include fever, loss of appetite, vomiting, dark urine, jaundice, chalky-coloured stools and nausea.
We will send you your Hepatitis B Immunity finger-prick blood test sample collection kit which contains everything you need to take your blood sample in the comfort of your own home. If you are unsure about completing a finger-prick blood sample collection you will have the opportunity to select a clinic-based venous blood sample collection or choose to go our London laboratory during the checkout process.
Your Hepatitis B Immunity test includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your blood sample directly to our laboratory for analysis. If you live in an area where you cannot rely on the post or you simply want to ensure that your sample arrives at the laboratory the following day, you may wish to send your blood sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.