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Hepatitis B PCR Quantitative Blood Test

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Specimen Type: Blood


Hepatitis B PCR Quantitative Blood Test

This test is used to look for the presence of Hepatitis B (Hep B) viral genetic material in the blood.  The results for this test are quantitative, meaning they provide a numerical result rather than a simple positive or negative.  Because Viral DNA is often detectable sooner than antibodies developed in response to an infection, Hep B PCR testing can be used as a screening for people who have had a recent exposure.  This test can also be used a confirmatory test for a previous positive result or to assist in monitoring the effects of antiviral therapy.  

Hepatitis B is a viral liver infection which is spread through exposure to infected blood or bodily fluids.  It is the most common cause of acute viral Hepatitis.  Hepatitis B infections often show no symptoms but when symptoms do occur they are often described as flu-like.  Common symptoms include abdominal pain, fever, loss of appetite, nausea, joint pain, fatigue, jaundice, and dark colored urine.  Chronic Hep B infections can cause serious health complications like Cirrhosis and Liver Cancer.

This test is typically ordered by people:

  • Who require a screening for Hepatitis B but may not yet be at a point after exposure where a Hep B surface Antigen test will be accurate. 
  • Are receiving treatment for Hep B and wish to monitor their viral levels to see how effective their course of treatment is. 
  • Require a highly sensitive test to confirm the results of a previous Hepatitis B test.

Results for this test are quantitative.  People who require a Hep B PCR test but only desire a positive or negative result may order the Hepatitis B PCR Qualitative test.  People who wish to order a Hepatitis B screening but do not require an early exposure test should consider the Hepatitis B surface Antigen test or the Hepatitis B Panel as they are highly accurate at 3-12 weeks or greater after exposure.

Turnaround time for the Hepatitis B PCR Quantitative test is typically 5-7 business days.

Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.

Incubation Period:

The Hepatitis B PCR test can typically detect the virus 3 weeks from exposure or any time after. Some people may be detectable earlier.


This Hepatitis B testing does not have any special requirements.



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