Our doctors use the FDA-approved Hepatitis A Antibody Test to diagnose the Hepatitis A Virus (HAV) in the blood.
The hepatitis A test looks for antibodies to the HAV virus in the blood. These antibodies are proteins made by the body in response to the presence of the hepatitis A virus. Our type- specific hepatitis A antibody test is used to determine whether a person is or has been infected with the hepatitis A virus.
All laboratory testing, including STD tests, accuracy rates are measured in terms of sensitivity and specificity. Our FDA-approved hepatitis A test has a sensitivity rate of 95% and a specificity of 95%.
Our hepatitis A test uses a small amount of blood. When you visit one of our testing centers, a lab technician will draw a small sample of blood.
No fasting or any other preparation is necessary before visiting the testing center.
Our doctors recommend waiting at least 2-7 weeks to get tested because the hepatitis A virus (HAV) has an average incubation period of about 28 days. While HAV infection usually does not result in chronic liver disease or infection, it can prove fatal in rare cases (0.5%). In addition, 10%-15% of HAV patients may have a relapse of symptoms during the 6 months after treatment.
HAV is commonly acquired via fecal to mouth contact (i.e., eating food or drinking water contaminated with feces). The virus can also be contracted through anal-oral contact during sex.
Your hepatitis A test result will say positive or negative. If your result is negative, there is no sign of hepatitis A. If positive, hepatitis A antibodies were found.
There is no cure for the hepatitis A virus. If you have contracted the virus, doctors will monitor your liver functions to ensure you are healing properly. To protect yourself against HAV, be sure to practice good personal hygiene and get a vaccination if you are at risk for infection. Hepatitis A vaccinations are recommended for all children one year and older, for persons who are at risk for hepatitis A-related complications, and for people who wish to obtain immunity from the virus.
Anyone can get hepatitis A in the United States, as there are no specific risk factors associated with the virus. However, among the groups who are most susceptible to contracting hepatitis A are men who have had sexual contact with other men, people who engage in oral to anal sex, illegal drug users, and international travelers who acquire the virus in countries where HAV is prevalent.
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If you have traveled to countries with high prevalence of the hepatitis A virus, have had recent anal sex or shared needles illegally with someone whose STD status you do not know, it is important that you get tested. Our doctors recommend testing 2-7 weeks after exposure.
Also if you have not been tested for other STDs like chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV-1, HIV-2, hepatitis B and C, herpes-1 or herpes-2, in the last year, our doctors recommend taking the all-inclusive 10 Panel STD Test to ensure that you are completely STD free.
We also offer the chlamydia-gonorrhea testing panel which tests for these two infections. Chlamydia and gonorrhea are known as co-existing infections, meaning that having one infection may put you at risk of having the other.
For any questions about when you should get tested, call our Care Advisors at 1-800-456-2323.
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Since there is no cure or special treatment for Hepatitis A, our doctors recommend rest and adequate nutrition to feel better. You should consult your local physician for close monitoring and advice. Also check with your physician before taking any prescription medication, supplements or over-the-counter medicines which can potentially damage your liver.We are here for you. Call us at 1-800-456-2323
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