Hepatitis B Testing

The hepatitis B virus (HBV) is a STD that causes liver disease.

The CDC estimates each year in the U.S.,

3,000 people in the U.S. die from hepatitis B complications and 1.4 million people have chronic hepatitis B (lasts more than 6 months).

Hepatitis B is very contagious and is most often sexually transmitted or spread through making contact with blood that carries the virus.

Hepatitis may not show any signs or symptoms, but when it does it can appear by:

  • Dark urine
  • Joint pain and weakness
  • Eyes and skin get yellow
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal pain and discomfort
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite

Who’s at increased/high risk for hepatitis B?

  • If you have unprotected sex w/ a lot of people
  • If you have sex with someone who already has the HBV virus, or if you live with someone who had carried the virus for over 6 months
  • If you’re a man who has sex with other men (MSM)
  • If you share IV needles
  • Are exposed to human blood a lot
  • Travel to Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe or the Pacific Islands (these places have higher rates of hep B)

Who should get tested for Hepatitis B?

To screen for hepatitis B, we use a blood test.

The CDC recommends the following screening guidelines for hepatitis B:

  • All Pregnant Women: Test for HBsAg at first prenatal visit of each pregnancy regardless of prior testing; retest at delivery if at high risk
  • Women:  Women at increased risk (see above)
  • Men:  Men at increased risk (see above)
  • Men Who have Sex With Men (MSM):  All MSM should be tested for HBsAg
  • Persons with HIV:  Test for HBsAg and anti-HBc and/or anti-HBs

Test Smartly Labs can help if you need to test for hepatitis B or any other STD.