The Hepatitis B Antibody Test is used to check if an individual has developed immunity to the virus either through natural infection or through vaccination.
What is it?
The Hepatitis B Antibody Blood Test measures the level of antibodies against the virus in the bloodstream. This test helps check if you have developed immunity to the virus either through natural infection or through vaccination. The presence of antibodies indicates that you have developed immunity to the virus.
This is a valuable tool for assessing your immunity to Hepatitis B, in situations of risk of exposure or outbreaks. This test is ideal if you are unsure of your immunity status and be proactive and check it. This test provides accurate information about your immunity, empowering you to make informed decisions about your vaccination needs.
Who should take the test?
Hepatitis B is a highly transmittable disease that affects the liver. This test is particularly important for individuals who are at a high risk of contracting the virus. This includes healthcare workers, individuals with multiple sexual partners, those who have received blood transfusions or organ transplants, and individuals who inject drugs. Additionally, consider taking this test if you were born in areas where Hepatitis B is prevalent (Asia, Africa & Middle East).
What do the results mean?
A positive result means that you have developed immunity to the virus, either through natural infection or vaccination. It is important to note that a positive result does not indicate current infection, but rather past exposure and subsequent immunity.
Conversely, a negative result from the Hepatitis B Antibody Blood Test indicates that you have not developed immunity to the virus. This means that you are at risk of contracting the virus. You should consider getting vaccinated to protect yourself from the disease. The test may also be repeated after a period of time to determine if you have developed immunity after receiving the vaccination.
Learn more about Hepatitis B here.