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Hepatitis B Core Antibody - TOTAL (ANTI HBC)
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Also known as : Hepatitis B Core Antibody - TOTAL (ANTI HBC)
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Test Code BOBT00440
Test Category Individual Test
Sample Type Blood
Details of Hepatitis B Core Antibody - TOTAL (ANTI HBC)
What is Hepatitis B Core Antibody - TOTAL (ANTI HBC)?
Only one sample of blood is needed for a hepatitis B blood test, but the “Hepatitis B Panel” includes three parts. All three test results are needed to fully understand whether a person is infected or not. Below is an explanation of the 3-part “Hepatitis B Panel” of blood test results.
  • HBsAg (Hepatitis B surface antigen) - A "positive" or "reactive" HBsAg test result means that the person is infected with hepatitis B. This test can detect the actual presence of the hepatitis B virus (called the “surface antigen”) in your blood. If a person tests “positive,” then further testing is needed to determine if this is a new “acute” infection or a “chronic” hepatitis B infection. A positive HBsAg test result means that you are infected and can spread the hepatitis B virus to others through your blood.
  • anti-HBs or HBsAb (Hepatitis B surface antibody) - A "positive" or "reactive" anti-HBs (or HBsAb) test result indicates that a person is protected against the hepatitis B virus. This protection can be the result of receiving the hepatitis B vaccine or successfully recovering from a past hepatitis B infection. This test is not routinely included in blood bank screenings. A positive anti-HBs (or HBsAb) test result means you are “immune” and protected against the hepatitis B virus and cannot be infected. You are not infected and cannot spread hepatitis B to others.
  • anti-HBc or HBcAb (Hepatitis B core antibody) - A "positive" or "reactive" anti-HBc (or HBcAb) test result indicates a past or current hepatitis B infection. The core antibody does not provide any protection against the hepatitis B virus (unlike the surface antibody described above). This test can only be fully understood by knowing the results of the first two tests (HBsAg and anti-HBs). A positive anti-HBc (or HBcAb) test result requires talking to your health care provider for a complete explanation of your hepatitis B status.
The presence of anti-HBc (total) with a negative HBsAg and a negative anti-HBs indicates one of the following four things:
  1. The test result is a false positive
  2. The patient is in a window of acute hepatitis between the elimination of HBsAg and the appearance of anti-HBs; this scenario is not observed in patients with chronic HBV infection
  3. The patient has cleared HBV but has lost anti-HBs over the years
  4. The patient is one of the uncommon individuals with active HBV replication who is negative for HBsAg; this situation is diagnosed when either a positive HBeAg or a positive HBV DNA result is found
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Hepatitis B Core Antibody - TOTAL (ANTI HBC)
Parameters : 1
Also known as : Hepatitis B Core Antibody - TOTAL (ANTI HBC)
You save   160
20% OFF
EXCLUSIVE OFFER
800   640
Report Delivery
2 Days
Free Sample Collection
Bookings above 500
Pre - Instruction
No special preparation required
Covid Safety
Assured
Test Details
Test Code BOBT00440
Test Category Individual Test
Sample Type Blood
Details of Hepatitis B Core Antibody - TOTAL (ANTI HBC)
What is Hepatitis B Core Antibody - TOTAL (ANTI HBC)?
Only one sample of blood is needed for a hepatitis B blood test, but the “Hepatitis B Panel” includes three parts. All three test results are needed to fully understand whether a person is infected or not. Below is an explanation of the 3-part “Hepatitis B Panel” of blood test results.
  • HBsAg (Hepatitis B surface antigen) - A "positive" or "reactive" HBsAg test result means that the person is infected with hepatitis B. This test can detect the actual presence of the hepatitis B virus (called the “surface antigen”) in your blood. If a person tests “positive,” then further testing is needed to determine if this is a new “acute” infection or a “chronic” hepatitis B infection. A positive HBsAg test result means that you are infected and can spread the hepatitis B virus to others through your blood.
  • anti-HBs or HBsAb (Hepatitis B surface antibody) - A "positive" or "reactive" anti-HBs (or HBsAb) test result indicates that a person is protected against the hepatitis B virus. This protection can be the result of receiving the hepatitis B vaccine or successfully recovering from a past hepatitis B infection. This test is not routinely included in blood bank screenings. A positive anti-HBs (or HBsAb) test result means you are “immune” and protected against the hepatitis B virus and cannot be infected. You are not infected and cannot spread hepatitis B to others.
  • anti-HBc or HBcAb (Hepatitis B core antibody) - A "positive" or "reactive" anti-HBc (or HBcAb) test result indicates a past or current hepatitis B infection. The core antibody does not provide any protection against the hepatitis B virus (unlike the surface antibody described above). This test can only be fully understood by knowing the results of the first two tests (HBsAg and anti-HBs). A positive anti-HBc (or HBcAb) test result requires talking to your health care provider for a complete explanation of your hepatitis B status.
The presence of anti-HBc (total) with a negative HBsAg and a negative anti-HBs indicates one of the following four things:
  1. The test result is a false positive
  2. The patient is in a window of acute hepatitis between the elimination of HBsAg and the appearance of anti-HBs; this scenario is not observed in patients with chronic HBV infection
  3. The patient has cleared HBV but has lost anti-HBs over the years
  4. The patient is one of the uncommon individuals with active HBV replication who is negative for HBsAg; this situation is diagnosed when either a positive HBeAg or a positive HBV DNA result is found
 

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