Hepatitis B is a common sexually-transmitted disease that attacks the liver and causes it to swell. It is brought about by the Hepatitis B virus and can be spread and passed on in different ways: unprotected sex, from an infected pregnant mother to child, and sharing of syringes, needles, and other sharp instruments.
There are many different types of blood tests that can be done to diagnose Hepatitis B. Here are some of the most common Hepatitis B testing methods:
Hepatitis B Viral DNA
This Hepatitis B testing method searches for the DNA of the Hepatitis B virus in a patient’s blood sample.
Total Hepatitis B Core Antibody
This testing technique looks for the Hepatitis B antibodies in a patient's blood sample.
Hepatitis B Surface Antibody
This test also searches for the antibodies that are released by the human body as a reaction to the Hepatitis B virus in a patient's bodily fluid sample.
Hepatitis B Surface Antigen
This Hepatitis B testing technique looks for a protein that is found on the surface of the Hepatitis B virus. It can be conducted to diagnose the disease on both acute and chronic Hepatitis B patients.
Rapid Hepatitis B Test
This method uses rapid Hepatitis B test kits to detect the infection using a patient's bodily fluid sample.