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Hepatitis B Screening for Adolescents and Adults

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What do I need to know about hepatitis B virus (HBV) screening?

HBV screening is a test to check for infection by the virus that causes hepatitis B (a liver infection). Screening is different from diagnosis because it is done before you have any signs or symptoms of hepatitis B. When detected early, treatment can begin to reduce your risk for liver failure.

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What do I need to know about hepatitis B?

What increases my risk for HBV infection?

Am I a good candidate for HBV screening?

You can have HBV screening even if you already had the hepatitis B vaccine. You may need to wait at least 14 days after you get the vaccine. You may be a good candidate for screening if any of the following is true:

How is HBV screening done?

Blood tests are used to check for an HBV infection. The test used for screening checks for HBV antigens. An antigen is a substance on the surface of the virus. It causes your immune system to react by creating antibodies to fight the virus. Other tests are used to check for the antibody created to fight the antigen. Your healthcare provider will tell you when and how to get your screening results.

What are the benefits and risks of HBV screening?

What questions should I ask my healthcare provider before I decide to have HBV screening?

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