What is a Hepatitis A Virus test?
Hepatitis A Virus blood test is used to help diagnose acute liver infection and inflammation. Hepatitis A Virus causes an acute inflammation of the liver (hepatitis) that almost always gets better on its own. It can be more serious if we are older when we have the disease. It is easily spread from person to person, in food and water, and can infect many people at once (example: if a food handler at a restaurant is infected, many who ate the food can be infected).
Why is a Hepatitis A Virus test important?
Hepatitis A Virus test may be done as part of a well-visit check up that shows abnormal results on liver tests. The following signs and symptoms may include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal pain or discomfort, especially in the area of your liver on your right side beneath your lower ribs
- Clay-colored bowel movements
- Loss of appetite
- Low-grade fever
- Dark urine
- Joint pain
- Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
If you’ve had a Hepatitis panel drawn and the Hepatitis B Surface Antibody (HBsAB or anti-HBs) is positive, it means you are IMMUNE to the virus due to previous Hepatitis B vaccination.
What kind of test is it?
Do I need to fast?
No fasting required.
How long does it take to get results?
It usually takes 3 business days.