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 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.