Hepatitis B Core Antibodies (IgG IgM)


A blood test that can diagnose hepatitis B by locating the unique core Antibody.

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Hepatitis B Core Antibodies (IgG IgM)

About this test

Hepatitis B is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by intercourse, the sharing of needles and sometimes from mother to child. The Hepatitis B Core Antibody, anti-HBc, is an antibody to the hepatitis B core antigen.

This test looks for the Hepatitis B Core Antibody, which is produced during and after an acute Hepatitis B infection. By locating this specific antibody, a positive and accurate diagnosis can be made, and treatment began. The test also indicates a past infection, either acute or chronic acute infection.

The Hepatitis B virus is a DNA virus, meaning that its genetic material is made up of what are known as deoxyribonucleic acids. The virus is primarily found in the liver but is also present in the blood and certain body fluids. Hepatitis B virus 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). These antigens are present in the blood and are markers that are used in the diagnosis and evaluation of patients with suspected viral hepatitis.

Who is this test for?

This test is ideal for anyone wanting to find out whether they have been exposed to hepatitis B.

How it works

Collect Sample

We send you an easy-to-use kit to collect your blood sample.

Post Sample

Post your sample to our lab in the prepaid envelope provided.

View Results

View results securely in your own personal dashboard.

Important Information

Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.

Tests Included

Finger-prick blood sample collection kit

We will send you your Hepatitis B Core Antibodies (IgG IgM) 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.

How to collect a finger-prick blood sample

Postage & packaging

Your Hepatitis B Core Antibodies (IgG IgM) 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.

Private laboratory analysis

Your blood sample will be analysed at one of our chosen laboratories. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from one of our accredited independent providers of clinical diagnostic tests.

Interpretation of results

Our medical team will comment on out-of-range blood test results and give you follow-up advice where necessary. If you need it, a PDF copy of your Hepatitis B Core Antibodies (IgG IgM) test results can be downloaded for your doctor.

Secure online account

Once you have placed your order you can visit my.medichecks.com where you can manage your account, track your orders and view your Hepatitis B Core Antibodies (IgG IgM) test results.

Health and Lifestyle tracker

Stay motivated by filling in your online health and lifestyle questionnaire and seeing how improvements in your lifestyle can influence your test results. Your medical and family history gives us vital information when interpreting your results.

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