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Hepatitis B Surface Antigen (HBsAg) is a blood test recommended at the first prenatal visit or during the first trimester to screen for any active infection with Hepatitis B Virus and helps in the prediction of the clinical outcome and management of HBV infection. This test helps to confirm if the pregnant woman had been infected recently or been a carrier and thus helps to avoid the virus passing on to the fetus.

Hepatitis B Screening cost ranges between Rs.330/- to Rs.360/- depending on the type of lab that you are choosing. At Parentlane you can get this test booked with NABL accredited labs at the comfort of your home, get the best deal by comparing prices from leading partners and consult with experts for free as well.

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Hepatitis B Surface Antigen (HBsAg) is the antigen that is present on the surface of the hepatitis B virus. It indicates the current infection. Hepatitis B is a liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus. Hepatitis B is a type of viral infection. The other hepatitis is A, C, D, and E. Each is a different type of virus but types B and C are most likely to become chronic. Each year many people die due to the complications caused by this infection.

What is Hepatitis B Screening?

Hepatitis B screening is a blood test that can detect the actual presence of the virus in the blood. Hepatitis B is a virus that affects the liver and can severely damage it. It can be transmitted sexually or through the blood. It can also be transmitted during the pregnancy from the mother to the unborn fetus. Symptoms of the initial Hepatitis B infection include fever, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes yellowing of the skin and the sclera.

It can be acute or chronic. Most people suffered from acute infection and can recover easily without even any type of medication. However, about 1 in 20 people with an acute infection cannot able to clear the infection and results in the development of chronic hepatitis. This can cause liver cirrhosis or failure, liver cancer, or even death.

Screening for pregnant females has been done in the first trimester for the Hepatitis B virus and HBsAg is the best test to detect it. For pregnant females with high levels of hepatitis B in their blood during the third trimester, antiviral medication may decrease the risk of transmission to the fetus. In this regard, an antibody is being given to the infants at birth called Hepatitis B immunoglobin to prevent the infection.

What test is done to detect Hepatitis B?

Several tests are being done to detect the Hepatitis B virus but in pregnant females, HBsAg is the test is done to detect the current infection in the blood.

Why has Hepatitis B test been done?

There is strong convincing evidence that screening for Hepatitis B in pregnant women can reduce the transmission to the babies, thereby preventing the future development of the chronic Hepatitis B infection. There is also evidence that treating infants by giving immunoglobin is very much effective in preventing infection. Potential harms of the screening are small and treatments are rarely harmful. So better to go for the test to find out the hepatitis B infection in the body as the benefits overweigh the side effects.

What does Hepatitis B test measure?

Hepatitis B virus DNA Quantification- This blood test measures the amount of the hepatitis B virus DNA that is the virus load in the blood of a person or chronically infected patient. The blood is tested using the PCR (Polymerase chain reaction) technique which is highly sophisticated.

How is Hepatitis B test performed?

Testing of the hepatitis B surface antigen provides information about the current or the past infection with the Hepatitis B Virus. Hepatitis B testing is performed on a blood test as the normal blood test is done by taking the blood from the vein with the help of the needle. Testing may be used to determine whether the person is infected, the severity of the disease, and also the immunity to the disease.

Interpreting the results:

A positive HBsAg test result means that you are infected and can spread the infection to others through your blood. Anti HBs or HBsab result positive indicates that a person is protected against the Hepatitis B virus. A hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) level of less than 1 s/c is considered negative while the opposite of that the level more than 5 s/c is considered positive. Any value between 1 and 5 s/c is indeterminate and should be repeated.

Is hepatitis B is contagious?

Hepatitis B is highly contagious. It spreads through contact with the infected blood and certain other body fluids. Although the virus cannot be found in the saliva so it does not spread through sharing utensils or kissing. It also does not spread through breastfeeding, sneezing, or coughing. Symptoms of Hepatitis B may not appear for 3 months after the exposure and can last for 2- 12 weeks. However, you can still be contagious even without the symptoms. The virus can live outside the body for seven days.

Possible methods for the transmission includes as follows:

  • Contact with the blood
  • Transfer from mother to the unborn child during birth
  • Being pricked with the contaminated needle
  • Get intimated with the infected person
  • Oral, vaginal or anal sex with the infected person
  • Using a razor or any other personal items of the infected person which has the remains of the body fluids.

FAQs:

Why is Hepatitis B called Australian Antigen?

Hepatitis B was discovered by Dr. Baruch Blumberg in 1965 who has won the noble prize for his discovery. Originally, it was named the “Australian Antigen” because it was first isolated by the above said American Research Physician in the Australian aborigine’s blood sample that was reacted with an antibody.

What is the difference between HBsAg and HBeAg?

Hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg) is a small polypeptide that exists in a free form in the serum of the individuals during the early phase of Hepatitis B, soon after Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg ) Become detectable. Serum levels of both tests rise rapidly during the period of the replication of the virus.

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Hepatitis B Surface Antigen (HBsAg) is the antigen that is present on the surface of the hepatitis B virus. It indicates the current infection. Hepatitis B is a liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus. Hepatitis B is a type of viral infection. The other hepatitis is A, C, D, and E. Each is a different type of virus but types B and C are most likely to become chronic. Each year many people die due to the complications caused by this infection.

What is Hepatitis B Screening?

Hepatitis B screening is a blood test that can detect the actual presence of the virus in the blood. Hepatitis B is a virus that affects the liver and can severely damage it. It can be transmitted sexually or through the blood. It can also be transmitted during the pregnancy from the mother to the unborn fetus. Symptoms of the initial Hepatitis B infection include fever, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes yellowing of the skin and the sclera.

It can be acute or chronic. Most people suffered from acute infection and can recover easily without even any type of medication. However, about 1 in 20 people with an acute infection cannot able to clear the infection and results in the development of chronic hepatitis. This can cause liver cirrhosis or failure, liver cancer, or even death.

Screening for pregnant females has been done in the first trimester for the Hepatitis B virus and HBsAg is the best test to detect it. For pregnant females with high levels of hepatitis B in their blood during the third trimester, antiviral medication may decrease the risk of transmission to the fetus. In this regard, an antibody is being given to the infants at birth called Hepatitis B immunoglobin to prevent the infection.

What test is done to detect Hepatitis B?

Several tests are being done to detect the Hepatitis B virus but in pregnant females, HBsAg is the test is done to detect the current infection in the blood.

Why has Hepatitis B test been done?

There is strong convincing evidence that screening for Hepatitis B in pregnant women can reduce the transmission to the babies, thereby preventing the future development of the chronic Hepatitis B infection. There is also evidence that treating infants by giving immunoglobin is very much effective in preventing infection. Potential harms of the screening are small and treatments are rarely harmful. So better to go for the test to find out the hepatitis B infection in the body as the benefits overweigh the side effects.

What does Hepatitis B test measure?

Hepatitis B virus DNA Quantification- This blood test measures the amount of the hepatitis B virus DNA that is the virus load in the blood of a person or chronically infected patient. The blood is tested using the PCR (Polymerase chain reaction) technique which is highly sophisticated.

How is Hepatitis B test performed?

Testing of the hepatitis B surface antigen provides information about the current or the past infection with the Hepatitis B Virus. Hepatitis B testing is performed on a blood test as the normal blood test is done by taking the blood from the vein with the help of the needle. Testing may be used to determine whether the person is infected, the severity of the disease, and also the immunity to the disease.

Interpreting the results:

A positive HBsAg test result means that you are infected and can spread the infection to others through your blood. Anti HBs or HBsab result positive indicates that a person is protected against the Hepatitis B virus. A hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) level of less than 1 s/c is considered negative while the opposite of that the level more than 5 s/c is considered positive. Any value between 1 and 5 s/c is indeterminate and should be repeated.

Is hepatitis B is contagious?

Hepatitis B is highly contagious. It spreads through contact with the infected blood and certain other body fluids. Although the virus cannot be found in the saliva so it does not spread through sharing utensils or kissing. It also does not spread through breastfeeding, sneezing, or coughing. Symptoms of Hepatitis B may not appear for 3 months after the exposure and can last for 2- 12 weeks. However, you can still be contagious even without the symptoms. The virus can live outside the body for seven days.

Possible methods for the transmission includes as follows:

  • Contact with the blood
  • Transfer from mother to the unborn child during birth
  • Being pricked with the contaminated needle
  • Get intimated with the infected person
  • Oral, vaginal or anal sex with the infected person
  • Using a razor or any other personal items of the infected person which has the remains of the body fluids.

FAQs:

Why is Hepatitis B called Australian Antigen?

Hepatitis B was discovered by Dr. Baruch Blumberg in 1965 who has won the noble prize for his discovery. Originally, it was named the “Australian Antigen” because it was first isolated by the above said American Research Physician in the Australian aborigine’s blood sample that was reacted with an antibody.

What is the difference between HBsAg and HBeAg?

Hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg) is a small polypeptide that exists in a free form in the serum of the individuals during the early phase of Hepatitis B, soon after Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg ) Become detectable. Serum levels of both tests rise rapidly during the period of the replication of the virus.

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