A simple blood test to establish the presence of the Hepatitis B virus.
Hepatitis B is caused by a virus that attacks the liver. The virus, also known as HBV, can cause lifelong infection, cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver, liver cancer, liver failure, and death.
The HBsAg, or Hepatitis B Surface Antigen as it is also referred to, can be detected in an infected person's blood on average of 4 weeks (range 1-8 weeks) after exposure to the virus. The Hepatitis B virus is a DNA virus, meaning that its genetic material is made up of deoxyribonucleic acids. It consists of a core particle (central portion) and a surrounding envelope (outer coat). The core is made up of DNA and the core antigen (HBcAg). The envelope contains the surface antigen (HBsAg).
This test looks at the antigens that are present in the blood, and uses them as markers in the diagnosis and evaluation of patients with suspected viral hepatitis. The test is also 100% private, confidential and fast - taking just one working day for results, compared to up to 2 weeks for GP or NHS checks.
This test is for anyone who thinks they may be infected with the Hepatitis B virus.
The signs of Hepatitis C can include fatigue, depression, pain in the liver, abdominal itching, moodiness, memory problems in the short term and digestive problems.
We will send you your Hepatitis B Test finger-prick blood and sample collection kit which contains everything you need to take your blood and 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 Test includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your blood and 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 and sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.