Hepatitis Titer Test
Hepatitis Titer Test
The Hepatitis Titer Test includes immunity testing for Hepatitis A and B. Hepatitis is a viral disease which affects the liver. Vaccinations for Hep A and B can provide protective antibodies which immunize a person from catching the virus. Alternatively, a person who is infected with Hep A or B, is treated, and recovers can develop a natural immunity. Titer testing looks for the antibodies which typically indicate that a person is immune to a particular virus or infection.
This package includes:
- Hepatitis A IgM Antibody
- Hepatitis A Total Antibody
- Hepatitis B Surface Antibody
- Hepatitis B Surface Antigen
- Hepatitis B Core Antibody
The Hep B Surface Antibody provides numerical results for the antibody level. A positive Surface Antibody typically means that a person has immunity to Hep B. The Hep B Core Antibody will typically be detectable if a person has ever had a Hep B infection. A positive Core Ab with a Positive Surface Ab may mean that a person has a natural immunity due to a previous infection and recovery. The Hepatitis B Surface Antigen is typically used to detect if a person has a current Hep B infection. A positive Hep B Surface Antigen test should be followed up with a doctor.
Hep A Testing provides qualitative positive or negative results. A Hep A Total Antibody test looks for both IgM and IgG antibodies but does not differentiate between them. IgM antibodies typically indicate a recent or current infection. IgG Antibodies develop after an infection or vaccination and provide immunity. A positive Total Ab test with a negative IgM test is usually indicative of immunity while a positive Total Ab test with a Positive IgM test may indicate a recent infection.
The Hepatitis Titer Test can be ordered when a person needs proof of immunity to Hep A and B or just want to check their immune status.
For additional testing, please see our Titer Category.
Turnaround is typically 1-3 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.
It may take 6-8 weeks after vaccination for titer tests to be accurate.
It is recommended that someone taking Biotin (also known as vitamin B7 or B8, vitamin H, or coenzyme R) stop consumption at least 72 hours prior to the collection of a sample.