Hepatitis B Test
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Hepatitis B 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.

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.

How It Works

One

Order Your Test​

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

Two

Activate & Collect Sample

After online activation of your test kit, you can collect your sample within a few minutes and mail it back to us in the pre-paid envelope.

Three

View Results​

A certified laboratory will review your sample and your test results will be available within a matter of days.

Reviews

Andrea K.
Andrea K.
Easy
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I am very positive about the diabetes test I bought from Homed-IQ! The actual testing process is easy and the doctor's result was clear. A great solution for me. I think everyone should have access to tests like the diabetes test, because it gives a lot of information. Homed-IQ makes that possible!
Oliver W.
Oliver W.
Good Experience
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Overall experience was excellent. But the processing time was a bit long, maybe it was because I only ordered late Friday evening. The rest of the process went well.
Wendy M.
Wendy M.
Results within 48 hours
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This was my first time ordering a 'health test' online. The test was delivered within 24 hours of placing my order. It was easy to activate and ship with the shipping envelope in the box. Results were ready within 48 hours!
Mark B.
Mark B.
Easy and fast
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The test was quick and easy to do. The online support was very helpful throughout the process! Based on my first experience, I can absolutely recommend Homed-IQ!
Sandra J.
Sandra J.
As advertised
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I have done an antibody test from HomedIQ. The test was easy to take since the instructions were comprehensive and easy to understand. The results of the test were delivered within 72 hours as advertised and the website was simple to navigate. I would recommend Homediq to friends and family alike.
Stefan de V.
Stefan de V.
Fortunately, I don't have to leave the house!
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The test was delivered within a day and I thought it was all easy to do, activating the test could perhaps be a little easier. At least I didn't have to go to the doctor or take a day off from work to get my blood checked or come back to a doctor's office for the results! It's quick and easy.
Remco H.
Remco H.
Test taken within 5 minutes
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Shipping is very fast and the purchase process is well described in the supplied manual. It took me a maximum of five minutes to do. I knew it would be difficult for me to get to the doctor, especially because of COVID-19, so this was a lifesaver. It took 4 days to receive my results.
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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.