How is Hepatitis B Tested & Diagnosed?
A variety of blood tests can be used to diagnose HBV:
If you are diagnosed with HBV, other tests may be performed as well:
It is a DNA virus with a protein coat, the surface antigen (HBsAg) and a nucleic acid core, the core antigen (HVcAg). The standard hepatitis testing procedure performed to detect an HBV infection is a blood test for the surface antigen.
Written by Mark Riegel, MD
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