The Hepatitis B Titer generally refers to one of two blood tests. The Hepatitis B Surface Antibody test is a blood test that checks if you are immune to Hepatitis B. The Hepatitis B Surface Antigen test is the earliest indicator of the presence of a Hepatitis B infection. Typically, a negative HBsAg means that the person does not have Hepatitis B although there are windows of time in which the HBsAg antibodies will have disappeared while long-term IgG antibodies have not yet appeared.
Hepatitis B is a liver disease that is spread by contact with the blood or body fluids of an infected person. It affects the liver. Hepatitis B
can cause jaundice, stomach discomfort, vomiting, diarrhea and fatigue. Once contracting Hepatitis B, some people develop a chronic
carrier state that does not go away and can lead to cancer or liver failure.
A Hepatitis B Titer is a laboratory test. First, you need to get an order from your doctor or medical provider to get a Hepatitis B Titer. Then, you go to a laboratory and get your blood drawn. Once that is done, it generally takes up to a week to get your Hepatitis B Titer results.
By law, the results of your Hepatitis B Titer have to be sent to the medical provider who ordered your test. You should contact your medical provider directly.
Once your blood is drawn, the results for the Hepatitis B Titer typically comes back in 3-4 business days. In most cases, the Hepatitis B Titer results will be sent to your medical provider and, as a result, getting your results may also depend on how fast your medical provider can get them to you. Uncommon titers (e.g. Rabies, Tetanus, Polio) may take longer as they are often sent to a specialty lab.
For an example of a Hepatitis B Titer report, please CLICK HERE.
The Hepatitis B Titer is used as a measure of immunity to certain diseases. People who work in certain settings, such as hospitals or medical clinics, are at an increased risk for being exposed to certain diseases. As a result, many institutions want proof of a certain antibody level or vaccination for diseases such as Hepatitis B prior to stepping into those settings.
It depends on the type of health insurance that you have. Some insurance plans will cover the Hepatitis B Titer but many will not. Additionally, in order to use your health insurance, you will have to find a medical provider who accepts your health insurance and can order the Hepatitis B Titer for you.
Hepatitis B titers can be expensive. We would recommend order a Hepatitis B titer online unless you have a regular doctor who can order it for you.
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