Hepatitis B Blood Test

Hepatitis B Blood Test

39,00 (includes shipping)

Hepatitis B is a contagious disease caused by a virus. The hepatitis B virus can cause inflammation and damage of the liver. Transmission of hepatitis B can occur through sexual contact or contact with infected blood. While some people can clear the virus without treatment, in others the infection persists and progresses to a chronic infection. A hepatitis B infection can be active, meaning you are currently infected, or inactive, meaning your body has cleared the virus.

If you have had unprotected sex or contact with blood and suspect you may have hepatitis B, it is wise to test yourself so appropriate treatment can be initiated and the spread of the virus can be minimized. Homed-IQ’s Hepatitis B Test is a laboratory test that you can easily and anonymously take from home, on your own time and without the intervention of a doctor. This test comes in discreet packaging and contains everything you need to take a blood sample.

Test for: Anti-HBC, which indicates if you have ever had hepatitis B or whether you have a current hepatitis B infection.

Test mode: Finger-prick

To be used from: Hepatitis B needs 8 weeks to become detectable in the blood. Do not use this test less than 8 weeks after potential exposure.

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  • Results within 24 hours after arrival at the lab
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  • Easy to use from home
  • Professional analysis in a medical certified laboratory
  • Cheapest provider of STD home tests
  • Completely anonymous

Description

About the test result

What does the result of this test mean?

Anyone who orders a home test from Homed-IQ will receive a complete laboratory report.

  • A negative test result means you don’t have hepatitis B and no treatment is needed.
  • A positive test result means that you have hepatitis B in your blood. This indicates a previous or current infection with hepatitis B. Your test result will not be positive if you have only been vaccinated and not infected.

In event of a positive test result, we advise you to go to your own doctor with the laboratory report. They can then advise you of correct next steps, such as additional testing to determine whether you have an active or inactive infection.

How results are shared

We understand that test results can be confusing. At Homed-IQ we make it as easy as possible for you to understand the test result. 

In your personal online dashboard you can view your laboratory report as well as a clear and simple explanation of your test results. 

How soon will I receive my test results?

You will receive the test result very quickly, often within one to three working days after your sample has arrived at our laboratory.

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We understand that test results can be confusing. That’s why at Homed-IQ, we make it easy for you to interpret your results and understand what’s going on inside your body.

In your personal online dashboard, you can view your test results and access clear and simple explanations about individual health markers. All test results are verified by our qualified medical team before being sent to you.

The result of your Chlamydia & Gonorrhea Test is indicated with a negative or positive outcome per test.

About the Test

What is a hepatitis B test?

This antigen test shows whether you have contracted hepatitis B virus. The test consists of a blood test that you can easily perform from home. You will receive detailed instructions with your test on how to collect the sample. After collection, send your sample to our certified laboratory using the prepaid shipping label, where it will be analyzed. You will receive the results within a few days of the sample reaching the lab.

What is hepatitis B?

Hepatitis B is a vaccine-preventable inflammation of the liver caused by infection with the hepatitis B virus. Transmission can take place from mother to child at birth, through sexual contact or contact with blood (RIVM, 2021). Hepatitis B is not spread through food or water, sharing eating utensils, breastfeeding, hugging, kissing, hand holding, coughing, or sneezing.

What is the incubation period for hepatitis B?

Every STI has an incubation period. This is the time between when an individual is infected and the moment that the STI is detectable with a test. For Hepatitis B, this is at least 8 weeks, but can be up to five months following exposure.

When should I consider taking a hepatitis B test?

If you are experiencing symptoms or have had unprotected sex, shared a toothbrush, or shared a needle with someone who has hepatitis B, you should get tested.

Additionally, many people with acute hepatitis B do not have any immediate symptoms. You may already have the virus and be contagious before experiencing any symptoms, or remain infected for an extended period without experiencing any symptoms at all. Individuals infected with hepatitis B remain contagious until the virus is cleared from their body, usually 4 to 8 weeks after onset. In some cases, acute hepatitis B will not be cleared by the body and progress to a chronic infection. This is why screening for hepatitis B as a part of routine STI screening is also recommended. Testing allows you to prevent further spread of the virus and access appropriate treatment if needed.

Symptoms

Symptoms of acute hepatitis B include:

  • Extreme tiredness
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Pain in the upper abdomen, on the right side
  • Yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes
  • Dark urine
  • Light coloured stools.

Symptoms of acute infection usually last a few weeks. However, they can last up to 3 months.

Treatment and Prevention

What can you do to prevent hepatitis B?

There is a vaccine to prevent hepatitis B. This vaccination is included in the National Vaccination Programme in the Netherlands. Since 2012/2013, children have been vaccinated against Hepatitis B as part of standard childhood vaccinations.

In addition, you can take the following actions into account to prevent hepatitis B:

  • Practice safe sex using barriers such as a condom.
  • Do not share your toothbrush, razor, or nail scissors with others.
  • Be careful with blood when dressing wounds and use waterproof bandages.
  • Do not use hypodermic needles that have been used by others.

Is hepatitis B treatable?

Adults who get hepatitis B usually clear the virus on their own with no treatment. Sometimes, the virus remains in the body and develops into a lifelong condition, known as chronic hepatitis B. Why this happens is not known. People with chronic hepatitis B usually have no symptoms, but can infect others. Furthermore, they are at increased risk of liver failure, liver cancer, and scarring of the liver (cirrhosis).

Individuals with chronic hepatitis B should be examined by a healthcare provider regularly to prevent liver damage. In certain cases, people with chronic hepatitis B need medication to reduce the risk of liver damage and prevent spreading the disease to others.

What should you do if you are pregnant and may have hepatitis B?

If you are pregnant, your blood will be tested for hepatitis B by your healthcare provider as part of standard screening for expectant mothers. This happens in all of Western Europe. If a pregnant woman is infected with the hepatitis B virus, the baby will receive an injection immediately after birth. This injection contains substances that directly protect the child against hepatitis B.

Results

What does the result of this test mean?

Anyone who orders a home test from Homed-IQ will receive a complete laboratory report.

  • A negative test result means you don’t have hepatitis B and no treatment is needed.
  • A positive test result means that you have hepatitis B in your blood. This indicates a previous or current infection with hepatitis B. Your test result will not be positive if you have only been vaccinated and not infected.

In event of a positive test result, we advise you to go to your own doctor with the laboratory report. They can then advise you of correct next steps, such as additional testing to determine whether you have an active or inactive infection.

How results are shared

We understand that test results can be confusing. At Homed-IQ we make it as easy as possible for you to understand the test result. 

In your personal online dashboard you can view your laboratory report as well as a clear and simple explanation of your test results. 

How soon will I receive my test results?

You will receive the test result very quickly, often within one to three working days after your sample has arrived at our laboratory.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Hepatitis B is caused by a virus. This virus exists in blood, semen, and vaginal fluid. This means you can become infected if the infected body fluids of someone with Hepatitis B else are able to enter your body. Adults are most commonly infected through unprotected sex. You can also become infected by a prick with an infected needle or by using an infected toothbrush or razor. Babies can contract the virus at birth, if their mother has it. Pregnant women with hepatitis B can pass the infection to their baby during delivery (Thuisarts, 2016). 

In the Netherlands, approximately 40,000 people have hepatitis B (Atlasinfectious diseases.nl, 2022). This concerns reports of acute hepatitis B, not chronic hepatitis B.

The most important thing you can do to prevent hepatitis B is to have sex with a condom. Furthermore, it is important to be careful with blood from other people. It is therefore best not to share razor blades, nail scissors, syringes, or toothbrushes. You can also get vaccinated against the virus. In the Netherlands this is recommended for people who are at increased risk (GGD Amsterdam, 2022).

  • People born in a country where hepatitis B is common.
  • Sex workers
  • Men who have sex with other men without being vaccinated against hepatitis B.
  • People who travel for more than three months in a country where hepatitis B is common.
  • Persons who have a profession where they often come into contact with needles or blood.

Individuals infected with hepatitis B remain contagious until the virus has cleared their bodies, usually 4 to 8 weeks after onset. In some cases, acute hepatitis B will not be cleared by the body and will progress to a chronic infection.

Five to ten percent of people with hepatitis B do not heal on their own. In newborns and small children this is ninety percent. A chronic infection then develops. An active chronic Hepatitis B infection can cause damage to the liver after ten to twenty years. These people can also eventually develop liver cancer.

In chronic active hepatitis B, liver cirrhosis or liver cancer can develop. This can lead to death if untreated.

Yes, usually hepatitis B does not cause any symptoms and the infection disappears on its own. However, a small proportion of people develop chronic hepatitis B. During active chronic hepatitis B, serious liver problems can develop. Inactive chronic hepatitis B usually causes no symptoms.

In almost most people who contract the virus, hepatitis B disappears on its own within six months. If this does not happen and the inflammation is active, medicine can help. The treatment takes place in a hepatitis treatment center (Thuisarts, 2016). If the inflammation is not active, your doctor will check your blood every six months. The virus can also disappear on its own.

No, this home test only tests for hepatitis B. If you want to test yourself for other STDs, take a look at our other sexual health tests.

We currently do not have any agreements with health insurers. At Homed-IQ we keep our tests as affordable as possible in order to be able to offer an alternative to a visit to, for example, a testing center and/or the GP.

How It Works

Order Your Test

Once you have placed your order, your test-kit will be delivered within days (in discreet packaging).

Activate & Mail Your Sample

After online activation of your test-kit, you can collect and mail your sample within minutes.

View Results

A certified laboratory will review your sample, test results will be available within days.

How It Works

Order Your Test

Once you have placed your order, your test-kit will be delivered within days (in discreet packaging).

Activate & Collect Your Sample

After online activation of your test-kit, you can collect and mail your sample within minutes.

View Results

A certified laboratory will review your sample, test results will be available within days.

We only work with the best certified laboratories

All laboratories we work with are ISO 15189 certified, which is the highest possible medical certification in Europe.

Private & Confidential

Order your test online from the privacy of your home. The test kit will arrive in discreet packaging, so no one will know what you ordered. Homediq ensures that you can test at your own terms, and your results will always remain confidential and secure!