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
- Abdominal pain and discomfort
- 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.