Hepatitis B Testing

The hepatitis B virus (HBV) can be spread through sexual contact and cause liver disease.

The CDC estimates that annually in the U.S.,

3,000 people in the U.S. die from hepatitis B complications and 1.4 million people have chronic hepatitis B (lasts more than 6 months).

Hepatitis B is highly contagious and most often sexually transmitted or spread through making contact with infected blood.

Hepatitis may be asymptomatic. When they do arise, symptoms include:

  • Dark urine
  • Joint pain and weakness
  • Eyes and skin get yellow
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal pain and discomfort
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite

Who’s at an elevated risk for hepatitis B?

  • If you have unprotected sex w/ a lot of people
  • If you have sex with someone who already has the HBV virus, or if you live with someone who had carried the virus for over 6 months
  • If you’re a man who has sex with other men (MSM)
  • If you share IV needles
  • Are exposed to human blood a lot
  • Travel to Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe or the Pacific Islands (these places have higher rates of hep B)

Who should get tested for Hepatitis B?

Hepatitis B testing requires a blood sample.

The CDC recommends the following screening guidelines for hepatitis B:

  • All Pregnant Women: Test for HBsAg at first prenatal visit of each pregnancy regardless of prior testing; retest at delivery if at high risk
  • Women:  Women at increased risk (see above)
  • Men:  Men at increased risk (see above)
  • Men Who have Sex With Men (MSM):  All MSM should be tested for HBsAg
  • Persons with HIV:  Test for HBsAg and anti-HBc and/or anti-HBs

Test Smartly Labs can help if you need to test for hepatitis B or any other STD. Call to get started today.