Hepatitis B virus tests are blood tests that check for substances in your blood that show whether you have hepatitis B now or had it in the past. The tests can help tell you whether you may have the disease long-term, how severe it is, and how easily it can be spread. The tests also can show whether you are protected from getting the disease.
You may need testing if:
The tests also are done to help your doctor decide about your treatment and see how well it is working.
You do not need to do anything before you have these tests.
A health professional takes a sample of your blood.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines you take. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your test results.
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Current as of: March 3, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& A. Evan Eyler, MD, MPH - Family Medicine, Psychiatry
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