Synonyms: anti-HBs, HBsAg, HBeAg, anti-HBc, anti-HBc,IgM, anti-HBe, HBV DNA

(IGM=recent infection)

NOTICE: This is a component of the Acute Hepatitis panel which may be more appealing than ordering this test alone.

Why It Is Done

To diagnose and follow the course of an infection with hepatitis B or to determine if the vaccine against hepatitis B has produced the desired level of immunity

Test Overview

Hepatitis B antibodies are produced in response to exposure to the hepatitis B virus (HBV). The tests detect the presence of these antibodies or parts (antigens) of the virus itself.

How To prepare

No special preparation is necessary

WARNING: If you test positive for Hep B, the testing lab (NOT HTD) may be required by law to report your result to one or more government health agencies.