Hepatitis Serology (HepA, HepB, HepC) is a relatively complex set of tests to determine past infection, current infection, immunity and infectivity relating to the Hepatitis viruses. These viruses all affect the liver, but behave quite differently from each other.
How the Test is Performed
Hepatitis Serology (HepA, HepB, HepC) is a blood test which requires a few millilitres of blood from a vein. Any of the three common hepatitis viruses can be tested for individually – for example only Hepatitis B serology – depending on the reasons for the test.
Medical Conditions and Symptoms
Hepatitis Serology may be requested by your doctor for a number of reasons, including:
- Screening test to determine hepatitis status, for example prior to childbirth, dialysis or a surgical procedure
- Investigation of jaundice (yellow skin or eyes) or abnormal Liver Function Tests (LFTs)
- Checking immunity to Hepatitis B, for healthcare workers or those with occupational (or non-occupational) exposure to body fluids with infective potential – eg a needlestick injury
Test Results Explained
Hepatitis Serology results will usually give an indication of previous infection, as well as current infection, and give an indication of immunity (antibodies) to future exposure, in the case of Hepatitis B.
Interpretation of these results can be quite complex, but the laboratory performing the test usually gives a short comment or explanation on the report.
- General Practitioner (GP)
- General Physician
- Infectious Disease Physician
- Occupational Health Physician
- Sexual Health Physician
- Travel Medicine Physician
- Blood Test (venesection)
- Tissue Biopsy
- Liver Function Tests
- Coagulation Profile
- HIV Test
- Rubella Serology
- Syphilis Test
- Abdominal CT
- Abdominal Ultrasound Scan
Also Known As
- Hepatitis screening
- Hepatitis Antibodies
- Hepatitis virus test